By Rick Kenny, MAI, SRA & Doug Kenny, MAI
November 21, 2018
The well-being of our country, our communities and our children depends on a healthy environment. That’s why protecting our nation’s treasured natural resources is so important. Land conservation has successfully protected millions of acres of farmland, viewsheds, wildlife habitat and open spaces across the United States, and continuing these efforts benefit both current and future generations.
The population in the United States has exploded to over 328 million people. In an ever-growing world with more and more land being lost to development, conservation easements are more important now than ever before. Between 1982 and 2001, approximately 34 million acres of open space, roughly the size of the state of Illinois, were lost to development, and an additional 26 million acres are expected to be developed by 2030. Fortunately, conservation easements, voluntary and legally-binding agreements that limit the future development of lands for perpetuity, offer a viable solution to overdevelopment.