Lots of people benefit from conservation easements — farmers, developers (who can purchase development rights and use them in urban areas), and people who appreciate rural character and want fresh food. Fish and wildlife benefit, too.
While working for Pierce County, I played a small role on this farmland conservation project – writing a press release about obtaining a Floodplains by Design grant and taking a reporter and the funders on a project tour. The project tour resulted in an article about restoring floodplains to reduce flooding and provide habitat.
Exciting news! I hope to be involved in more of these partnerships.