Purchase of Development Rights programs financially compensate landowners who are willing to limit future development on their land.

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.

State Funding

New York State purchase of development rights (PDR) is also a powerful way to preserve farmland. You can read more about that program here.

Other Funding

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 and natural resources for future generations. If you are interested in learning more about protecting your farm with a conservation easement, contact Marissa Codey at 518.392.5252, ext. 211 or at marissa.codey@clctrust.org. She is happy to discuss your short-term and long-term goals for your property, and to brainstorm about the various ways in which CLC might be able to help you achieve them.

Federal Funding

One of the ways in which a PDR can be funded is through the Agricultural Land Easement Program (ALE).