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Board Accepting Applications For Conservation Easements


October 10, 2019

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Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomassetti (center) was honored earlier this year by the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Association. With the commissioner are (from left): Matt Knepper, president, PFPA; Caroline Wade, MidAtlantic Region director, American Farmland Trust; Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomassetti; Donna Fisher, coordinator, Blair County Ag Land Preservation; and Rich Huether, Ag Conservation specialist, Blair County Conservation District.

The Blair County Agricultural Land Preservation Board is accepting applications from Blair County landowners for agricultural conservation easement consideration. The deadline to submit applications for 2020 funding will be Oct. 15, 2019.

By selling their conservation easement, landowners maintain ownership of the property, but can ensure that their land will only be utilized for agricultural purposes now and in the future. The landowners receive a payment for the easement based on the difference between the appraised development value and the appraised farmland value of their specific tra...

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