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American Farmland Trust Director to Speak on Farmland vs. Development Issues on May 7 at Albertson Collge

2003. 04. 23.

CALDWELL, ID- Don Stuart, director of the Pacific Northwest Regional Office of the American Farmland Trust, will discuss how it's not inevitable that farmland be sacrificed to development and how conservation easement mechanisms can provide an economically attractive alternative to the 'sale of the farm' on Wednesday, May 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Langroise Center recital hall at Albertson College.

Stuart's presentation, entitled 'Saving The Land That Sustains Us: Programs For Farmland Protection,' will describe how the American Farmland Trust is working to stop the loss of productive farmland and to promote farming practices that lead to a healthy environment. He will also present attractive alternatives to paving over our most fertile soil.

'The problem isn't growth itself, but rather unplanned, ill-considered development,' Stuart said. 'Promoting protection and stewardship of farm and ranch land is the country's most complex conservation challenge.'

American Farmland Trust estimates that every day, our nation loses 3,000 acres of farmland to housing, highways, malls and parking lots.

Stuart's presentation is sponsored jointly by the American Farmland Trust and the Albertson College Environmental Studies program.

For more information, contact Don Mansfield, Albertson College professor of biology, at 459-5287. Or, visit the American Farmland Trust website.