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A Poem by Marvin Bell

Around Us   by Marvin Bell   We need some pines to assuage the darkness when it blankets the mind, we need a silvery stream that banks as smoothly as a plane’s wing, and a worn bed of needles to pad the rumble that fills… Continue Reading “A Poem by Marvin Bell”

Agricultural Conservation Land

  Farm land is not the first image that comes to mind when thinking about conservation land. There are two aspects to conservation on agricultural land. The first involves programs that foster sustainable farming practices. The other provides financial incentives that keep agricultural land… Continue Reading “Agricultural Conservation Land”

Cutting Down Trees

So, if we are supposed to be taking care of conservation land should we have forestry crews on some of our properties this fall? Yes, we should. First let’s consider the history of forestry in Georgia. If you want the long answer go here:… Continue Reading “Cutting Down Trees”

What is a Land Trust?!

Land Trust: As defined by Wikipedia: a private, nonprofit organization that, as all or part of its mission, actively works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition, or by its stewardship of such land or easements; or an agreement whereby one… Continue Reading “What is a Land Trust?!”

11 Things to Consider When Donating Land

Considerations before beginning the process of donating land or an easement   Embrace the idea that you are making a gift to current and future generations regardless of potential financial gains or other considerations. If the motivation is purely financial then you may be… Continue Reading “11 Things to Consider When Donating Land”

A Brief History of Land Conservation from Wikipedia

  Philosophy of early American conservation movement During the 19th century, some Americans developed a deep and abiding passion for nature. The early evolution of the conservation movement began through both public and private recognition of the relationship between man and nature often reflected in the… Continue Reading “A Brief History of Land Conservation from Wikipedia”

Easement or Fee Simple Donation?

Easement: Easements are legal documents stipulating usage restrictions, usage allowances or both. In other words they can prevent you from using your property in a certain way or can allow someone else access or use of your property. Easements usually “travel with the land”… Continue Reading “Easement or Fee Simple Donation?”

Using Conservation Land

We have land. It is conservation land. So what do we do with the land? Pretend like it is a precious jewel to be locked away from people? Hide it so no one knows it is there? Don’t touch it! At first, I thought… Continue Reading “Using Conservation Land”