Acquisition of Land & Easements

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Act 153 of 1996 - amends the Open Space Lands Act

1996
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
An Act amending the act of January 19, 1968 (1967 P. L. 992, No. 442), entitled "An act authorizing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the counties thereof to preserve, acquire or hold land for open space uses," expanding its scope to include all local government units throughout this Commonwealth.
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Feb 13, 2013
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A Guide for Land Trusts: Working with Trout Unlimited Partnerships for Conserving Coldwater Streams and Watersheds

2005
Organizations/Sources: Trout Unlimited
This guide is designed to provide land trusts with insight into understanding Trout Unlimited chapters and programs, and how TU supports land conservation and land trusts in conserving coldwater streams and watersheds. By partnering with land trusts, TU can better help protect and restore critical coldwater fisheries habitat.
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Feb 23, 2011
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A Guide for TU Chapters: Working with Land Trusts

2005
Organizations/Sources: Trout Unlimited
This guide covers everything a TU grassroots volunteer needs to know about working with land trusts. Starting with the whats and hows of land trust operations, the handbook also covers the details of conservation easements and TU’s role in their creation, public angling access, funding and technical support, and communicating with landowners.
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Feb 23, 2011
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Authorization of Real Estate Transactions: Rules and Process for Nonprofits

2023
Within the bounds of state law and private standards of practice, nonprofit organizations have considerable flexibility in establishing policies and procedures regarding the authorization of real estate transactions. WeConservePA guide. 6 pages.
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Jan 27, 2023
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Conservation Tools: An Evaluation and Comparison of the Use of Certain Land Preservation Mechanisms

2009
Evaluates and compares eight land preservation mechanisms based on their ability to achieve conservation goals, their cost, their ability to respond to future changes, and several other criteria selected to highlight the practical advantages and disadvantages of each mechanism.
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Oct 29, 2010
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Decision Support Systems: Theory and Application

2007
Holsapple, Clyde W., Whinston, Andrew B., eds., Decision Support Systems: Theory and Application, NATO ASI Series, Series F: Computer and Systems Sciences, Vol. 31, Springer ,Verlag, Germany, 1987. Journal of Applied Ecology (2007) 44, 253-262
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Nov 02, 2010
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Evaluating and Selecting Conservation Projects

2007
Has your land trust ever struggled with deciding whether or not to accept a conservation easement? Ever regretted accepting an easement? Think your project planning process could be improved but not sure where to start? After reading this book, you will know the important elements of a site visit and how to use data gathered from the site visit for baseline documentation reports or management plans. You will learn how to create customized acquisition criteria and project planning forms. Practices Covered: 8B-Project Selection and Criteria; 8G-Project Planning; 8D-Public Benefit of Transactions; 8E-Site Inspection
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Jul 18, 2012
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General Guidelines for Conservation Easement Projects

2011
Organizations/Sources: Brandywine Conservancy
This document was developed by Brandywine Conservancy to share with prospective landowners and explain the many important legal and financial issues that a prospective easement donor should consider.
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Nov 04, 2015
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Land Protection Options, Revised 2nd Edition

Authors: Laurie Allmann
In-depth introduction to tools, programs, partners and other resources for Minnesota landowners who want to preserve their land. Explains options such as easements, deed restrictions, and mutual covenants in lay terms. Includes landowner profiles, a decision-making checklist, and tax and land management considerations.
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Jul 12, 2011
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LTA Fact Sheet: Conservation Buyer Transactions

2008
Organizations/Sources: Land Trust Alliance
This document is one of a series of fact sheets and reference materials produced by the Land Trust Alliance.
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Jun 15, 2020
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Pennsylvania Local Governments May Support Land Trusts

2022
Authors: Andrew M. Loza
In Pennsylvania, local governments may give money, land and easements to land trusts. WeConservePA guide. 2 pages.
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Aug 24, 2022
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Present and Emerging Threats from Power Sector

2009
Authors: Ginny Kreitler
Organizations/Sources: Kreitler Research & Consulting, LLC
Presentation/handouts relating to transmission lines/condemnation issues
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Aug 21, 2018
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Preserving Land & Watersheds

2009
Authors: Phillip Getty
Organizations/Sources: Boucher & James, Inc.
Presentation regarding land preservation and treated sewage application
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Aug 21, 2018
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Realty Transfer Tax Exclusions for Conservation-Related Transactions in Pennsylvania

2021
Many conservation-related property transactions are excluded from having to pay state and local realty transfer taxes in Pennsylvania. WeConservePA guide. 6 pages.
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Sep 28, 2023
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Separate Entity to Hold Riskier Properties

2023
Some real property is substantially riskier than other property for an organization to hold and manage, perhaps because of environmental contamination (or suspicion of the same), perhaps because of more intense public use, perhaps for some other reason. Depending on just how great the perceived risk, the organization may want to consider isolating its exposure to that risk by establishing a separate organization—wholly controlled by the founding organization—to hold the riskier property. WeConservePA guide. 3 pages.
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Jun 29, 2023
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Settlement Sheet

2017
Publication of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
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Oct 10, 2017
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The National Conservation Easement Database

The National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) is a national database of conservation easement information, compiling records from land trusts and public agencies throughout the United States.
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Aug 19, 2011
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Using a Deed Restriction to Protect Land: A Path for When Neither a Land Trust Nor Government Can Help

2021
A family or group of neighbors may want to limit future use of a property, but that desire may not be shared as a priority by conservation organizations or government. In this case, a deed restriction may a sensible—albeit imperfect—tool that the private individuals can use on their own to achieve limited protection of the land. A 2-page guide.
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Jun 15, 2021
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