Working ranches

  The Sonoran Institute, a Tucson, Ariz.-based nonprofit, wants to help ranchers save agricultural lands. Its new illustrated handbook, Preserving Working Ranches in the West, says every four minutes, an acre of working land in Colorado is lost to development. Sonoran Institute spokesman Jon Shepard says ranchers in Arizona's San Rafael Valley are finding economically viable alternatives to subdivision and development through conservation easements, land trusts and estate management strategies. The booklet uses their experiences and other examples to show how to keep the family in family ranch. Edited by institute staffer Liz Rosan, the 53-page guide provides a resource directory, bibliography, and income- and estate-tax information. The Sonoran Institute also has a traveling slide presentation. Contact the Sonoran Institute at 520/290-0828 or write to 7290 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite M, Tucson, AZ 85710.

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