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Letter to the Editor
The Milford Times, June 26, 2008

Save Land

Thank you for your June 19, 2008 article, "HOT ride and HOT hike considered a galloping success at Highland Oaks", which discussed land use in our community.

It is important for your readers, especially local landowners, to know that there are choices that strike a balance between conservation, private property rights and the needs of the local community.

Federal law gives significant tax benefits to landowners who enter into voluntary conservation agreements, also known as conservation easements. The owner donates some of their rights to develop their land, in order to permanently protect important natural or historic resources on it. Congress recently voted to extend the enhanced tax incentive to help make land conservation even more attractive to many landowners, and particularly to family farmers and ranchers.

The landowners still own and use their land, sell it or pass it on to their heirs. We all get clean water, wildlife habitat, and family farms, which contribute to the quality of life in Milford, Highland and surrounding communities. Private land conservation is a choice worth considering. For more information please visit

Kirt Manecke

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