The Rural Lands Stewardship Program

a market-driven program 
that protects resources, 
contains sprawl and 
promotes innovative development 

An Overview







Cited by planners as “by far the best concept we’ve ever seen to address rural growth issues” because it does not pit development and preservation against each other but, instead, harnesses the market economy to provide funding for and significant, compelling incentives to private landowners to permanently protect important natural resources while accommodating growth.

For a brief description of how the Rural Lands Stewardship Program works,
please click on the following link:

The Rural Lands Stewardship Program (pdf document)

For a description of a recent project, go to:

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