Private Land, Public Good

How do you preserve significant parcels of open space in an era of rising land prices and shrinking public budgets? In the 1990s, more Bay Area land was protected using conservation easements, where the owner can stay on the land but gives up development rights, than by outright purchase. Though not without their critics, easements are reshaping the way we go about saving our local landscapes.

 

Issue Content

Conservation Easements Around the State

January 01, 2006 by Darla Guenzler

California leads the nation in the number of land trusts, with over 150. Similar to their Bay Area counterparts, land trusts throughout the state use conservation easements to protect a wide range of natural resources, from forests to farmland to desert. However, several distinctions can be made regarding the use of easements outside the Bay […]

No Comments

Livermore Valley

January 01, 2006 by John Hart

Along Tesla Avenue at the south edge of Livermore, rows of grapevines angle from the roadside, showing a trace of fall color on their taut wires. Almost within earshot of the bustle of town, it’s the kind of place you’d expect to see For Sale signs. Instead at many gates you read this notice: “This […]

No Comments

People and Easements

January 01, 2006 by John Hart

From a modern house on a knoll in the Nicasio Valley, Randy Lafranchi, fifth-generation Marin County dairyman and second-generation easement partner, surveys his family’s domain. Most of its 1,200 acres, from ridgetop to county road to water district reservoir, lie within view. Beyond, the bowl of Nicasio rises to rims of hills. North slopes are […]

No Comments

 
Get 20% off a 1, 2, or 3-year subscription to Bay Nature magazine!