Your Land, Your Conservation Opportunities: It's Your Choice!

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Your Land, Your Conservation Opportunities: It's Your Choice!

Time: November 20, 2015 from 8:30am to 1pm
Location: Skaneateles United Methodist Church
Street: 26 Jordan Street
City/Town: Skaneateles
Website or Map: http://www.extendonondaga.org…
Phone: 4137743495
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Kristina Ferrare
Latest Activity: Nov 6, 2015

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6% of New York State’s 18.9 million acres of forest is owned by private landowners – individuals and families. 7.1 million acres of farmland in NYS are operated by individuals or farming families. Often these lands are passed down through generations without much thought towards the future, which may lead to conversion of land to other uses, like development. Now that the average age of landowners is greater than 60 years old, the decisions landowners make about the future of their open space, forests and farms will affect the economy, aesthetics, water quality and cultures of the communities we call home. Long term planning is essential to be sure the land continues to deliver its benefits after the current landowner is no longer able to care for it.

On November 20th, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County will be hosting a workshop on land conservation opportunities from 8:30am-1:00pm at the Skaneateles United Methodist Church at 26 Jordan St. The workshop is aimed towards farm and forest landowners interested in land conservation and open space programs to help maintain the long-term goal to keep land open and working into the future.

This workshop is an introduction to organizations, agencies and programs for farm and forest land owners interested in keeping their lands open and working into the future. Speakers from the Finger Lakes Land Trust, New York Agricultural Land Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County, the Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the New York State DEC will discuss land conservation easements, purchase of development rights, NYS 480 Forest Tax Law and NRCS’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Plan (ACEP). Experts will discuss the differences in these programs and your intentions for conservation to decide what is right for you, your family and your land.

There is no fee, but registration is required by contacting CCE Onondaga at 315-424-9485 ext. 232 or by email atrlw294@cornell.edu. Register online at this link: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/2015landconservation_231 

Morning refreshments and a light lunch will be served.

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