Conservation Easements Mean Farmland, not Farming
Editor's Note: The lie of farmland conservation easements. The easement does not guarantee, as Rep. John Piotti says, the land will stay in farming forever. Farming demands farmers. If no farmer is willing to buy/use this land as a working farm - it will simply lie fallow. The challenge then will be to keep it from becoming a forest.
Palermo farmers donate conservation easement
PALERMO (Dec 31): A 128-acre farm belonging to Millard and Colleen Saban will be permanently protected from commercial or residential development. The Sabans recently donated a conservation easement to Maine Farmland Trust...
Said John Piotti, executive director of Maine Farmland Trust. "Because of this easement, this land will stay in farming forever."