conservation easements

Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

A Playa Rehab on the West Texas Plains

Credit USDA / NRCS

Mark Hilliard of Hale County, Texas, says, "This is cotton country. It's rare to find a pristine playa lake." He bought the native grassland on which the playa sits from family members, then protected the playa and a grassland buffer with a permanent Wetlands Reserve Easement.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Conservation Easements: Preserving Ranching Heritage in Central Kansas Hill Country

Credit Michael Pearce / kansas.com

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.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Conservation Easements: USDA Farm Bill Programs

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Over its 80-year history, the federal government's Farm Bill program refined soil, water and habitat conservation programs. Along the way, its strategy changed from "let's see how many we can sign up" to a more focused  "best bang for the buck" approach to conservation, spending funds on projects to conserve fragile landscapes.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Conservation Easements: Water Conservation in Northeast Colorado

Credit Lori Potter / Kearney Hub

When Denver physician and sportsman Kent Heyborne bought land in northeast Colorado, his intent was to leave it undeveloped as bird habitat.

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Playa Country
3:04 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Conservation Easements and Land Trust Organizations

Credit Ducks Unlimited

    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.

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Conservation
8:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Kansas: Wildlife and conservation bills spur strong emotions

Bill Johnson, right, has been working to get a conservation easement put on his property so a favored wetlands could never be drained and the land developed. A current bill could greatly hamper conservation easements in Kansas.
Credit Michael Pearce / kansas.com

Legislative action to revoke the Kansas Endangered Species Act and another bill to prevent landowners from locking their property indefinitely into conservation programs are firing up conservationists reported the Wichita Eagle.

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