When you put seven adult siblings together in one room, you’re bound to have an argument. We’ve had our share of opinions, after all, we are all entitled to our opinions, but in the end one thing was certain. We all agreed that preserving the farm for future generations was a must. No one wanted to see the farm fall into developer’s hands and be sub-divided. And with the move towards preserving farms for production of local food, it made perfect sense, land conservation.
Several years ago, Dad had applied for the “Land for Maine’s Future“, conservation easement. For personal reasons, Dad withdrew the application. Now, with Dad’s blessing, it was time for us, the future inheritors of the farm to apply for the conservation easement as a family-supported farm. On August 15, 2010, we submitted the application.
Maine ranks high in land conservation
According to a report from the Land Trust Alliance, Maine ranks second in the nation behind California and first in the Northeast for the highest amount of conserved land. Land trusts in Maine have conserved a total of 1,796,387 acres. In 2010, Maine had 88 land trusts with 433 paid positions using 3,846 active volunteers and supported by 41,767 members and financial contributors.