Land easements bring tax benefits / subsidies
From: The Fertile Zone (
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 1998 20:23:07 -0500
Here could be more financial help for co-ho projects

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Subject:                GreenClips.100     07.29.98

The environmental Realtor may sound like an oxymoron. But not in Hamilton,
Montana where Laura Merrill (and a) handful of other real
estate agents in this state have started turning down listings that encourage
sprawl or involve damaging wildlife habitat. Sprawl has become the main threat
to the natural world in Montana, many environmental groups say. 

... A former Forest Service scientist, Merrill is an independent broker who 
won't sell
subdivisions and encourages owners to put conservation restrictions on their
land. .. clients ask Merrill about conservation easements, binding legal 
that limit development. In agreeing to place restrictions on their land,
owners can receive estate and income tax benefits and payment from private
foundations or Federal, state, or local governments.   - The New York Times, 9
July 98, p A13, by Timothy Egan.

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