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Farm Bureau workshop to deal with land conservation

Published: Sunday, March 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK –  In partnership with the McHenry County Farm Bureau, The Land Conservancy will host a workshop March 26 for McHenry County landowners interested in learning more about how preservation of their land with a conservation easement can help them realize personal, estate planning and income tax deduction goals.

Legal, tax, property valuation and conservation easement experts will be on hand, as will local individuals who have worked with TLC to preserve their lands with conservation easements.

The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to noon March 26 at the Farm Bureau, 1102 McConnell Road, Woodstock.

Illinois conservation land trusts have helped preserve more than 200,000 acres of open land in Illinois over the past 50 years.

There are 40 conservation land trusts in Illinois. Conservation land trusts are local, nonprofit organizations that provide private property owners with a variety of legal tools to protect their property from inappropriate future development.

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, the local conservation land trust, has preserved nearly 2,000 acres in McHenry County, the vast majority of which are preserved by permanent conservation easements. These lands are still owned by individuals and families who pay property taxes (at a reduced rate), still live on and use the lands as they have and can pass the property on to heirs or sell it in the future. However, they rest assured that the land will never be developed.

The program is free and includes lunch. Registration is required.

For information or register, call 815-337-9502 or email lbalek@conservemc.org.

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