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Conservation Easements as an Effective Growth Management Technique

August 2005

Citation: ELR 10556

Author: Rebekah Helen Pugh

Editors' Summary: A number of innovative smart growth programs are being used to battle urban sprawl and protect environmentally sensitive land. This Article advocates for the use of conservation easements as an effective growth management technique, and demonstrates how the benefits greatly outweigh the disadvantages. Four conservation easement programs are described, which have been very effective in preserving land, historical structures, wildlife habitats, and scenic views. The Article concludes that conservation easements can become one of the most effective means for land preservation, and an essential component of any comprehensive land use plan.

Rebekah Pugh received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Auburn University. She is a J.D. candidate at the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University. The author would like to thank Prof. Chad Emerson for all his help and encouragement with this Article. For questions or comments, contact the author at Rebekah.Pugh@faulkner.edu.

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