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A meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, in Augusta to explain the value to landowners offered by conservation easements.

“Conservation easements have been a part of Montana’s landscape for nearly 40 years, since a group of Montana landowners led passage of our state open lands statute in 1975,” an announcement for the meeting stated.

Glenn Marx, executive director of the Montana Association of Land Trusts, has been invited by the Lewis and Clark County Commission Chairwoman Susan Good Geise to provide information about land trusts and conservation easements.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Augusta Senior Center.

Conservation easements offer a way to protect land from development by forgoing the right to subdivide it. While the county had funds available to purchase conservation easements, other landowners have sought to grant them for altruistic reasons.

Terms of an easement are individual, Geise said.

“It isn’t one size fits all. Each of them has the potential for being unique.

“It’s not going to work for everybody. But if we want to maintain the character of the life around these parts, it’s a great tool,” she said.

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Al Knauber can be reached at al.knauber@helenair.com

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I am a staff writer at the Independent Record covering primarily city and county governments.

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