Land Stewardship and Conservation Easements [S-15-35]

Presenter: Jessica (Jess) Rogers, Tom Langen, John Casserly
Location: SUNY: Maxcy 104
Classes: 2 Sessions 1.0 hours
Dates: Tue 2:00 PM 03/17, 03/24
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A land trust is a not-for-profit organization that works cooperatively with private landowners to protect the conservation values of their land. The St. Lawrence Land Trust’s mission is to work with landowners to conserve the ecological, recreational, historical, and cultural values of their property for the benefit of the landowner and the community. This panel of presenters are all members of the board of the St. Lawrence Land Trust. They will report on what they do as a land trust, particularly focusing on the work they do with landowners to help steward their land. In addition, they will discuss the concept of conservation easements, how they work, their tax benefits, and how land trusts often use them as a tool for conservation in cooperation with landowners.

Jess Rogers is currently an adjunct assistant professor at St. Lawrence University and SUNY Potsdam, teaching classes in environmental studies and conservation biology. Her research interests look at land use change and conservation.

Tom Langen is currently an associate professor, and chair of the Department of Biology at Clarkson University. His research and teaching focus on animal behavior, ecology, and conservation biology.

John Casserly is a retired Canton Central School social studies teacher. He has been facilitating the discussion of current events for SOAR since 2005. John is the first winner of the Leon LeBeau SOARing Educator Award, given to someone who has had lasting impact on the lives of SOAR members.



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