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Community Benefits

Photo credit: Washtenaw Land Trust/Jackie Bilello Preserving Farmland and Open Space:

  • Maintains the community's quality of life by preserving the community identity and beauty of the countryside.
  • Preserves wildlife habitat and wildlife corridors, improves air and water quality, and scenic views.
  • For conservation easements, the land remains in private ownership and on the tax rolls.
  • Farmland preservation preserves productive land available for agricultural and helps to maintain the local agriculture economy and family farms.
  • Preserving farmland may encourage emphasis on production of food for local markets.
  • Open space properties may provide recreational opportunities such as, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, nature study, and water access.