July 12, 1996
Farmland Preservation Expert to Speak
Alexandria Considine, an expert in agricultural easements, will conduct two seminars at UW-River Falls on Saturday, July 27. Both seminars will be held in the Rural Development Building and are free and open to the public.
"Drafting Conservation Easements To Protect Farmland" will cover marketing, drafting and monitoring agricultural easements. It will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rural Development Institute.
The seminar, sponsored by Gathering Waters, Inc., will provide training for conservation groups to learn how to work with farmland owners and protect their interests. Farmers can learn about the process these groups are using. The sessions will feature a question and answer session.
At 7:30 p.m. there will be an open discussion on "Protecting Agricultural Land."
Considine is the Agricultural Director for the Vermont Land Trust. The Trust is the nation's leader in agricultural easements with over 100,000 acres, including about 150 dairy farms. The Trust's mission is to protect the productive, recreational and scenic lands that help give Vermont and its communities their distinct rural character.
Before working at the Vermont Land Trust, Considine was a conservation analyst for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and she has worked in the F.A.R.M. Program of the Vermont Extension. Considine also owned and operated a 120-cow, 430-acre dairy farm for 15 years.
The Wisconsin Farmland Conservancy, a sponsor of the discussion, is a nonprofit land trust organization dedicated to helping rural communities protect their agricultural, natural and economic resources. It assists in the transfer of farms to a new generation of family farmers, promotes sustainable land use and land conservation practices, and encourages locally-based economic development.
The Kinnickinnic River Land Trust, another sponsor, works to conserve the natural resources and scenic beauty of the Kinnickinnic River Watershed.
For more information or to register for the July 27 seminars, contact Brian Hotz at 608/251-9131.