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Photo of Boone County conservation easement donor Tom Vernon

Conservation Easement Donor Tom Vernon

Boone County vineyard owner Tom Vernon donated an agricultural conservation easement to the Greenbelt Land Trust of Mid Missouri. "In areas like Columbia, which are high in development with great natural beauty close to town, conservation easements are critical to keep the rural quality of our community. They help provide some relief from a sea of roof tops. Hopefully our l8 acres of wooded land and small vineyard will be attractive to others and a source of enjoyment to our children."

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Land Trusts Protecting Paradise?

“Pave paradise, put up a parking lot” is what comes to mind when I think of the changes popping up each day in the land I see.

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I’ve recently been hearing an advertisement on the radio that encourages landowners to enroll their acreage into a land trust.

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Putting the Land in Trust

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Sweetwater is a generous piece of the Ozarks, with hills that hold a spring, a creek and a stretch of the headwaters of the Gasconade River. Deer, wild turkeys, coyotes and armadillos live on this land, and rumor has it that the "world's largest bobcat" roams the neighborhood.

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Boettcher family (Esther, Lois and Glenn)

The Boettcher Family Donation

"Our grandparents and parents acquired their land (in Gasconade County) in the early 1900s and always used careful land preservation practices. They wanted to preserve the resources for the future generations and keep the farm intact. Before our mother’s death in 2008, we looked for ways to make this dream come true and found that a conservation easement with the Ozark Regional Land Trust was the answer for us," Lois (pictured left) says. This easement protects 1,550 acres of forest and headwater streams.

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