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Thursday, March 6, 2014

protecting the Ligonier Valley with voluntary restrictions

Kuzemchak's project area encompasses the Ligonier Valley, where some of the conservancy's earliest easements were fashioned in the 1970s.
“They were actually some of the earliest conservation easements in the whole country,” he said.
The pioneering concept was simple.
“The landowner retains ownership of the property but they enter into an agreement with us, the conservancy, to limit future use of the property,” Kuzemchak said. “So if someone owns 100 acres and they want to see that property stay in a fairly natural state, we will work out an agreement, essentially deed restrictions on the property, and they are voluntary. (The landowners) want to see their property protected.”
Ligonier Valley has the highest concentration of such easements in Western Pennsylvania, he said. They include Powdermill Nature Reserve and the Tubmill Creek Watershed.

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