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University of Wyoming extension bulletin examines land trusts

Understanding land trusts and factors affecting their demand for conservation easements across Wyoming and the Intermountain West are described in a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES).

As many areas in the Intermountain West experienced rapid population growth in recent years, development of open space lands has affected the environment and agricultural operations, said one of the authors, Chris Bastian, an associate professor in the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Understanding land trusts and factors impacting their demand for conservation easements: Survey results from the Intermountain West, B-1225, presents results of a survey sent to governing members of land trusts across the Intermountain West, including Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

“Survey questions were designed to reveal land trusts’ use of conservation easements, their attitudes about land uses and conservation, their array of preserved lands, conservation obstacles and land trust characteristics,” Bastian said. “The purpose of this bulletin is to present the results from this survey to those interested in learning more about conservation easements and land trusts.”

Results suggest there are many differences across land trusts. These may include differences in missions, the region in which land trusts operate and other internal and external factors.

The bulletin is available for free download. Go to http://www.uwyo.edu/ces and click the Publications link on the left side of the page. Click Search Bulletins and type B-1225 in the Publication Number field. Click on the title to open.

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Hard copies for $1.50 each can be ordered by contacting UW CES resource center manager Dee Bixby at cespubs@uwyo.edu or 307-766-2115.

Understanding land trusts and factors affecting their demand for conservation easements across Wyoming and the Intermountain West are described in a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES).

As many areas in the Intermountain West experienced rapid population growth in recent years, development of open space lands has affected the environment and agricultural operations, said one of the authors, Chris Bastian, an associate professor in the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Understanding land trusts and factors impacting their demand for conservation easements: Survey results from the Intermountain West, B-1225, presents results of a survey sent to governing members of land trusts across the Intermountain West, including Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

“Survey questions were designed to reveal land trusts’ use of conservation easements, their attitudes about land uses and conservation, their array of preserved lands, conservation obstacles and land trust characteristics,” Bastian said. “The purpose of this bulletin is to present the results from this survey to those interested in learning more about conservation easements and land trusts.”

Results suggest there are many differences across land trusts. These may include differences in missions, the region in which land trusts operate and other internal and external factors.

The bulletin is available for free download. Go to http://www.uwyo.edu/ces and click the Publications link on the left side of the page. Click Search Bulletins and type B-1225 in the Publication Number field. Click on the title to open.

Hard copies for $1.50 each can be ordered by contacting UW CES resource center manager Dee Bixby at cespubs@uwyo.edu or 307-766-2115.

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