Workshop: Keeping your Land Productive Through Conservation Easements

Event Date: Sept. 24, 2014

9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Austin Cary Learning Center
10625 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville, FL 32609 


Join the Conservation Trust for Florida, the Forest Stewardship Program & Florida Society of American Forests – Suwannee Chapter to see how you can produce and harvest timber and agricultural crops with a conservation easement.

Join us to learn the benefits of conservation easements and other tools to keep land in agriculture, forestry and/or conservation. This workshop will cover the function of land trusts, how conservation easements work, how landowners can benefit, available technical and financial assistance, and alternatives for successional planning.

$15 fee, lunch and materials included.
Reserve a space at or by contacting Lyndall Brezina, (352)375-1473, Pay at the door with check payable to Florida Society of American Foresters.

This workshop has been approved for 4 Category 1 Society of American Foresters CFEs (Continuing Forestry Education).


  • 9:30 am – Sign-in, meet & greet
  • 10:00 am – Welcome and Introduction: Land Trusts and Conservation Easements for Working Lands, Jib Davidson, Columbia Timber and Environmental Services & United Country
  • 10:15 am –  Land Trusts 101, Keith Fountain, Conservation Trust for Florida
  • 10:45 am – Conservation Easements 101, Charlie Houder, Natural Resource Planning Services and Saunders Real Estate
  • 11:30 am –  Appraisals for Conservation Easements, Zac E. Ryan
  • 12:00 pm Lunch (Suwannee Chapter SAF business and announcements at 12:30 pm)
  • 12:45 pm–  Donation vs. Sale of an Easement, Keith Fountain
  • 1:15 pm – Tax Benefits of Conservation Easements, Jib Davidson
  • 1:45 pm –  Technical and Financial Assistance Programs for Conservation and Ecosystem Services, Chris Demers, UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Charlie Houder
  • 2:30 pm –  Panel Discussion, all
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