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Conservancy: The Land Trust Movement in America

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Land trusts, or conservancies, protect land by owning it. Although many people are aware of a few large land trusts The Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land, for instance there are now close to 1,300 local trusts, with more coming into being each month.
American land trusts are diverse, shaped by their missions and adapted to their local environments. Nonethele
Paperback, 348 pages
Published September 15th 2004 by University Press of New England
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Apr 19, 2008 Mark rated it liked it
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I only made it part-way through this one, but one interesting fact cropped up: It is often cheaper for municipalities to leave land undeveloped or in agricultural use than it is to convert it to some other use. Once fire, water, sewer, police, street, electricity, schools, etc., are factored in there is usually a net loss to local governments in developing a plot of land.
Jul 29, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It paints a nice picture of the land trust movement and was an important introduction to the subject of land conservation for someone who does not have a background in biology but cares about conservation and wants to know how it works.
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