FARMLAND PRESERVATION - TOWN OF LEBANON

The Town of Lebanon held a Land Preservation Options Conference in January 2007 as part of its effort to work with landowners to preserve farmland. Representatives from several organizations such as Connecticut Farmland Trust, the Connecticut Farmland Preservation Program and the NRCS attended the conference. Town officials continued their outreach by mailing letters to explain tax incentives associated with farmland preservation and agricultural businesses.

An important step in retaining local farmland is to determine what lands are important to a town—not just to its farmers but to all its residents. In 2006, Lebanon created a system to evaluate and prioritize potential farmland preservation projects. Parcel size, percentage of prime soils, development pressures and view from town roads are some of the variables considered in the rating system that will guide the expenditures of local farmland protection funds.

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