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  • A call for modest reform

    The time is ripe for moderate reform of the conservation easement system

  • Unpaved with good intentions

    A new breed of land trusts seeks not merely to preserve undeveloped landscape, but to keep it in agricultural use – particularly in organic farming.

  • Who will take over the ranch?

    As private lands become the new frontier in the West’s wild real estate frenzy, ranchers are turning to land trusts in places like Gunnison, Colo., to find out how to hold on to their land and keep it open and undeveloped

  • Land trusts thrive despite, and because of, the Great Recession

    Land trusts thrive despite, and because of, the Great Recession

    The recession has afforded a unique opportunity for land trusts to protect more of the West’s private open land through direct acquisitions and, increasingly, conservation easements.

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