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Your Family Land: Legacy or Memory - Brochure

Your Family Land: Legacy or Memory - Brochure

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Published by: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County on Jan 16, 2011
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An Introduction to the Family Land Protection Process
By Steve Broderick, Holly Drinkuth and Ruth Cutler
 YOUR FAMILY LAND:
 
LEGACY OR MEMORY?
 
OVER TIME, MANY FARM AND FOREST OWNERS COME TO LOVE THEIR LAND: ITS FORESTS, FIELDS, ANDSTREAMS, AND THE WILDLIFE THAT LIVE IN THEM. ALL ELSE BEING EQUAL, MANY WOULD LOVE TO KNOWTHAT SOME OR ALL OF THEIR LAND WILL REMAIN UNDEVELOPED AFTER THEY’RE GONE.THE FACT THAT YOU’RE READING THIS SUGGESTS YOU MAY BE ONE OF THEM.
If you choose to do it, protecting your land from development is a task you certainly can accomplish. Virtually every case is do-able, and everyproblem solvable. It does require some planning and decision making,however, so the sooner you start the better. Experience has shown thatthe number one obstacle to the protection of family land is pure andsimple procrastination. The Appendix at the end of this booklet is filled with specific contactinformation of groups and programs, right here in the Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor, that can help. We at The Green ValleyInstitute are always anxious to help, and available at any time at:
We look forward to hearing from you.
 
(860)
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Stephen.broderick@uconn.eduHolly.drinkuth@uconn.edu Ruth.cutler@uconn.eduwww.thelastgreenvally.org/gvi
 YOUR FAMILY LAND:
 
LEGACY OR MEMORY?
 
This booklet is designed for landowners who think they might want to permanently protect some or all of their land from development, but aren’t sure where to start.It’s built around a simple set of steps you can take that, once completed, can put you on the path to a land  protection plan that accomplishes exactly what you want it to.
 
STEP 1
Get specific
 
.......................................................................................................... THE STEPS ARE IN A SUGGESTED ORDER THAT YOU MAY FIND IT MAKES SENSE TO REARRANGE, DEPENDING ON YOUR SITUATIONAND THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT PRESENT THEMSELVES.
 
What is it that you want protected for future generations? What matters to you? Try to think in terms of protection goals, such as protecting waterresources, habitat for wildlife, preserving a scenic vista, and/or sustaining a working farm or forest. Some questions to ask yourself include:Do you want an heir or heirs to someday own it, or do youprefer that a land trust or conservation organization own it?Do you want to retain the land and exclusive use of it foryour lifetime, or doesn’t that matter?Do you want the public to be able to enjoy some or all of your land, or do you want it to remain private?Could you benefit from income and/or estate tax benefitsavailable to those who voluntarily protect conservationland during their lifetimes?Do you want all of the property kept from development, orare some specific portions more important than others?
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