SKANEATELES, N.Y. — Over 76% of New York State’s 30.2 million acres of forested land is owned by private landowners. Often this land is 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 March 31st, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County will be hosting a workshop on land conservation opportunities from 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM 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.
Speakers from the Finger Lakes Land Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County and a resident involved in conservation planning will discuss conservation easements and purchase of development rights. 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 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Light refreshments will be served.
—Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County
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