Land-use webinar to explore conservation easements

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Conservation easements and their role in enhancing the landscapes and greenways of Pennsylvania communities will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

Presenting the 90-minute webinar at noon Sept. 4 will be John Turack, extension educator based in Westmoreland County; Andrew Loza, executive director of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association; and Donald Bailey, executive director of the Chester County Planning Commission.

Conservation easements increasingly are being used by private land trusts and governments to limit certain uses of land for the purpose of achieving a particular conservation objective, while keeping the land in the landowner's control, Turack noted.

"An introduction to conservation easements will be provided as well as a discussion of how Chester County is utilizing conservation easements to preserve agricultural lands, open space and natural areas, stream bank corridors and nationally significant historic landscapes," he said. "Descriptions of the potential benefits for the landowner -- financial and otherwise -- also will be outlined."

The cost of the Sept. 4 webinar is $20, or $30 for those who want to receive certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association.

For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at ptw3@psu.edu. To register for the webinars, visit the website.

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