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2008-07-17 06:00:00

By Danny Valentine For 18 years, Tom Dickerson has roamed his 9-acre Sarpy County prairie, notebook in hand, scribbling down the names of more than 100 plant species while delicately avoiding legions of ground hornets. He has documented more than 60 types of flowering plants alone, including his personal favorite, the bright orange butterfly milkweed and even the threatened western prairie fringed orchid. Like the threatened orchid, this prairie itself is rare -- virgin tall-grass prairie...

2008-07-16 12:00:50

By Juan-Carlos Rodriguez Journal Staff Writer The Sawmill Community Land Trust is getting $225,000 from the state to help clean up the old Ponderosa Products site. The land trust received the "Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund" from the New Mexico Environment Department to clean or remove contaminated surface soil on the roughly 7-acre site. The Department funds the loan through a $1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Rick Shean, the Department's...

2008-07-16 09:00:45

By Jerd Smith Gov. Bill Ritter on Tuesday announced the first appointments to a new oversight commission charged with policing a popular but troubled land conservation program. Originally approved in 2000, the conservation law grants lucrative state tax credits to private landowners who agree to permanently prohibit development on their properties. But until recently, there was no state oversight. Under a reform plan approved by lawmakers this year, the new nine- member commission will...

2008-07-15 09:00:44

By Mark Prado, The Marin Independent Journal, Novato, Calif. Jul. 15--The historic 585-acre Dolcini Ranch will remain undeveloped following a deal involving landowners, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust and the federal government. MALT announced Monday it paid $2.7 million for the development rights for the land, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources and Conservation Service providing $745,000 for the project. Other funds were raised from MALT members and supporters....

2008-07-12 15:00:15

By Terry Karkos WOODSTOCK - Efforts to conserve 644 acres of woodland got a big boost this week. The Land For Maine's Future Board allocated $251,000 to the Mahoosuc Land Trust toward the purchase of Buck's Ledge, which includes Lapham Ledge and Moody Mountain. Buck's Ledge is a huge granite outcropping above North Pond that is visible from Route 26 and Gore Road. "We want to make it accessible for people in the future," Buck's Ledge Committee member Jane Chandler said at an...

2008-07-10 15:00:30

By Leslie H. Dixon NORWAY - Town officials agreed Wednesday night to let the Western Foothills Land Trust try to negotiate a sale and purchase agreement to buy a 10.5-acre site on Pike's Hill for a price to be determined. The consensus was reached following nearly 90 minutes of discussion by a half dozen officials from six towns representing original investors in the land. Both the Land Trust and the land owner, the Growth Council of Oxford Hills, will discuss the plan. "It just needs to...

2008-07-10 15:00:30

By KEVIN MILLER; OF THE NEWS STAFF Roughly 50 projects have been awarded $18 million in funding from the Land for Maine's Future program to conserve forests, farms and working waterfronts throughout the state. The Land for Maine's Future program, or LMF, uses voter-approved bonds to help groups or individuals protect land from development while ensuring public access to the property. Recipients of LMF money are required to match the funding. On Tuesday, LMF's board allocated $15 million...

2008-07-10 09:00:41

By Kevin Miller, Bangor Daily News, Maine Jul. 10--Roughly 50 projects have been awarded $18 million in funding from the Land for Maine's Future program to conserve forests, farms and working waterfronts throughout the state. The Land for Maine's Future program, or LMF, uses voter-approved bonds to help groups or individuals protect land from development while ensuring public access to the property. Recipients of LMF money are required to match the funding. On Tuesday, LMF's board...

2008-07-10 09:00:19

By Chloe Morrison, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn. Jul. 10--To preserve natural land areas in the region can require cooperation and sacrifice by public and private interests, but it's an investment in the future, officials contend. "We need to plan for conservation the same way we plan for development, instead of having it be the leftover," said Jeanie Nelson, executive director and president of the Land Trust for Tennessee. When greenspace and natural resources are lost, they are...

2008-07-09 12:00:24

WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fifteen conservation groups today sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer strongly urging him to reject pressure from Congress and producer groups "to allow the penalty-free early release of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)." USDA has been urged to release up to 24 million acres from CRP - roughly three-fourths of the land currently enrolled in the program - and put it back into production. This move would...