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Land Preservation

Conservation Easement Opportunities: Protecting Natural Resources While Receiving Tax Savings

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Conservation easements may be a great example of "doing well by doing good." They help conserve fish and wildlife, clean water, natural habitats, historic properties, farmland, and timberland. They also provide other public...more

Recent Legislative Changes to the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation: Tightening the Belt on Terminating...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In my previous blog, “Preserving Agricultural Land in Maryland – Reaping Rewards for Farmers,” I discussed the various programs available in the State of Maryland to provide financial incentives to encourage farmers to...more

Preserving Agricultural Land in Maryland – Reaping Rewards for Farmers

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

While growth and development is inevitable in the name of progress, the State of Maryland and its more rural counties have made efforts to find some balance by providing incentives to farmers for preserving agricultural land...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - April 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

San Francisco Ordinance Invalidated in Victory for Landlords - In Coyne v. City and County of San Francisco, No. A145044 (Cal. Ct. App. Mar. 21, 2017), the California Court of Appeal invalidated a San Francisco...more

Be Safe, Get Your Standing Evidence in Early

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

A Land Use Practitioner representing opposition intervenors in a quasi-judicial land use matter is best served to present any evidence of special damages during the quasi-judicial hearing in order to preserve standing for...more

Supreme Court Holds the Ninth Circuit Misinterpreted the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

by Perkins Coie on

In 2007, National Park Service rangers stopped John Sturgeon from travelling by hovercraft on the Nation River within the boundaries of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Park Service regulations ban the use of...more

Sturgeon v. National Park Service: Supreme Court Sidesteps Federal / State Lands Conflict

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

A case originating in Alaska may have answered the question for those wondering how the United States Supreme Court will approach weighty questions of law and policy with a vacancy on the Court; it probably won’t....more

The Supreme Court - March 2016 #4

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in four cases on March 22, 2016: Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146: Respondents, employees at a pork processing plant of petitioner Tyson Foods, filed a...more

Supreme Court Decides Sturgeon v. Frost

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Sturgeon v. Frost, No. 14-1209, vacating a decision of the Ninth Circuit and leaving open the possibility that Section 103(c) of the Alaska National Interest...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Proposed ballot initiative would shift funding from high speed rail to new water projects - Los Angeles Times - Feb 15 - The state’s powerful agriculture industry and its...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget Work Continues, Gains Momentum in Appropriations - As the clock ticks towards the...more

Indiana Tax Court rejects property tax exemption for Homeowners’ Association that failed to show it was organized to retain and...

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A Hoosier Homeowners’ Association was denied a property tax exemption because it failed to show that it was established for the purpose of retaining and preserving its land and water for their natural characteristics....more

Preservation Advocacy: Fixin' the Process and Workin' the Program

Cathleen O’Dowd, partner in the Tampa office, was a speaker at the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Conference “Preservation Advocacy: Fixin’ the Process and Workin’ the Program” on May 15, 2014. The presentation...more

History Repeats Itself At The Mouth Of The Miami River

Ten years ago, attorney Michael Kreitzer represented a developer who was faced with an injunction on its development of a high-rise apartment building on the south side of the Miami River after it was discovered that the...more

Agricultural Sector Companies Face Increased Scrutiny on Human Rights-Related Risks

Agricultural sector companies, and companies with large agricultural supply chains, face new scrutiny from investors and other stakeholders concerning human rights-related risks in their corporate supply chains. Key issues...more

House Passes Healthy Forests Bill That Would Amend ESA With Respect To Forest Reserve Projects

by Nossaman LLP on

On September 20, 2013, H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 244-173. Shortly thereafter, the bill was referred to the Senate Committee...more

2009 Legislative Digest

by Patrick McShane on

A compendium of energy and environmental legislation enacted by the Board’s 18 member states and territories during the 2009 legislative session, this document thoroughly examines legislation passed state by state. In...more

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