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    Oak
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    conservation easements

    i read an article in a quality deer management magazine about protecting your property from development by putting a conservation easement on it. apparrently the easements last forever and you can still use the land the way you would normally. it sounds like a cool idea and would give you a tax break by making your property worth less. i plan on keeping my property forever and would hate for it to be developed someday after i'm gone. does anyone have any experience with these easements.
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    RE: conservation easements

    I don't have any experience with them myself, but have been reading a lot about them. It would be worth further investigation. I do know that such easements proved futile in a recent fight here locally, as the Rocky Mountain Express Pipeline was approved and put through forest land that owners had thougt was protected by conservation easements. Apparently,
    the almighty government's right of eminent domain trumps all else.

    But any obstacle you can place to unwanted usage in the future at least makes someone slow down a bit and fill out more paperwork. But it also creates more jobs for future lawyers . . . .

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    RE: conservation easements

    My experience tells me that everything has a price.
    I have also found that easements like that actually attract development in the area.

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    RE: conservation easements

    "eminent domain"......................
    peace to all

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    RE: conservation easements

    I have a grove of experimental American Chestnuts bred for blight resistance that I expand every year. Condemn my property? Let them come.

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