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Exploring Alternate Ways to Protect Farmland

Join us and hear more about potential new funding sources and strategies to protect farmland.  Hear from a community using the Community Preservation Act; learn about new models used by land trusts and gain a better understanding of the federal Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP).

Read about the speakers

Mary Wilson, Town of Southampton

Mary Wilson has been the Community Preservation Program Manager for the Town of Southampton for the past nine years.  The Community Preservation Fund is a real estate transfer tax imposed in the five east end Long Island Towns which has generated $388 million in Southampton alone. The revenue from the land transfer tax is used exclusively to preserve farmland, open space and historical properties; to “preserve the community character”.  Mary’s responsibilities include the entire acquisition and stewardship process for the farmland preservation including the initial outreach to the farm owner, the real estate closing and stewardship of the protected lands.

Nina Young, Maine Farmland Trust

Nina Young is a member of the lands staff at Maine Farmland Trust. She works with farmers throughout Maine on donated and purchased easements, Buy/Protect/Sell deals and FarmLink projects. Her professional work has included real estate projects for large estates that have conservation components, historical preservation projects and town planning work that supports smart growth while maintaining open space and farmland availability.

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