What is the general timeline for a land conservation project?

If the land is donated 100%, the process could take 2-4 months. If the property is purchased and grant funds are used, the process could take 18-24 months.

Does LCC protect active working land (farms, agricultural areas)?

LCC does not purchase working lands.

What is your GEMs rating system?

One strategy that we use to protect land is our GEMs scale. This system takes into account every parcel in the county and ranks them according to various features. These features include water bodies, wetlands, forestland, grassland, geologic features, plants, animals, and adjacency to preserved parcels. Each preceding attribute is then scored on a 0‐7 scale (0 = resource not present, while 7 = unique resource). The maximum rating or point value for a parcel is 63. This allows LCC to prioritize lands for protection and also use this as a tool to evaluate potential acquisitions.

How are LCC projects funded?

LCC is supported by donations from members, the general public, private foundations, and charitable organizations. LCC is a private non-profit group, but sometimes government bodies will partially fund specific projects and acquisitions.

How can I help LCC’s conservation efforts?

Become a member of LCC. Consider a donation or sale of your property, talk to your neighbors and contacts about joining LCC and possibly preserving their land.

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