Purchase of Development Rights programs financially compensate landowners.
In this scenario, CLC works with the landowner to establish a conservation easement that will permanently protect the agricultural and natural resources of the land. As with donated conservation easements, the landowner still owns the property and can use it for farming and other purposes specified in the easement. To learn more about the purchase of development rights, you can click here and download this brochure.
New York State purchase of development rights (PDR) is also a powerful way to preserve farmland.
You can read more about that program here.
Besides relying on state or federal funding to purchase conservation easements on valuable farmland, private organizations and landowners have the potential to form long-lasting partnerships to permanently protect farmland
One of the ways in which a PDR can be funded is through the Agricultural Land Easement Program (ALE).