easement http://hppr.org en Conservation Easements: Preserving Ranching Heritage in Central Kansas Hill Country http://hppr.org/post/conservation-easements-preserving-ranching-heritage-central-kansas-hill-country <p>Chester Peterson, Jr., of Lindsborg, Kansas, owns grass and cropland on the western margin of the Flinthills, a rolling landscape of tall- and shortgrass prairie largely unchanged since settlers crossed it in the 1860s. Mon, 06 May 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 15390 at http://hppr.org Conservation Easements: Preserving Ranching Heritage in Central Kansas Hill Country Conservation Easements: Water Conservation in Northeast Colorado http://hppr.org/post/conservation-easements-water-conservation-northeast-colorado <p>When Denver physician and sportsman Kent Heyborne bought land in northeast Colorado, his intent was to leave it undeveloped as bird habitat. But working with Ducks Unlimited along the South Platte River, he created a water-conservation project resulting in neighboring farms gaining additional irrigation credits. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 22:12:50 +0000 Dale Bolton 15395 at http://hppr.org Conservation Easements: Water Conservation in Northeast Colorado Conservation Easements and Land Trust Organizations http://hppr.org/post/conservation-easements-and-land-trust-organizations <p></p><p>More than half of western Great Plains farmers are near retirement age. Many are considering conservation easements as a way of protecting the land from development and subdivision long after they're gone. The federal government, through USDA programs, negotiate easements on land meeting conservation requirements. Other organizations - Land Trusts - have been created specifically for contracting with landowners to quell future development rights to the land. This episode the functions of land trusts and what they're able to accomplish. This story is part one of a four-part series on Conservation Easements. It originally aired on HPPR April 16, 2013</p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 14484 at http://hppr.org Conservation Easements and Land Trust Organizations