Private Land, Public Good: Taking Stock of Conservation Easements
How do you preserve significant parcels of open space in an era of rising land prices and shrinking public budgets? In the 1990s, more Bay Area land was protected using conservation easements—where the owner can stay on the land but gives up development rights—than by outright purchase. Though not without their critics, easements are reshaping the way we go about saving our local landscapes. This report was published in the January-March 2006 issue.
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