Local Leaders Pushing to Keep Land Conservation Program

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

March 21, 2006

Delegates Rob Bell and David Toscano are hoping the public will support Virginia's successful land conservation program. They along with county leaders and the Piedmont Environmental Council are asking Virginia lawmakers not to cut the program. They say the incentive program works to preserve land by giving tax credits to land-owners.

"We think that if a program is working, if it's cost-effective, it doesn't infringe on property rights, which this doesn't because it's a voluntary program, that's something we should really encourage, not try and strike down this year," said Del. Rob Bell, 58th District.

Environmentalists estimate the program has already helped protect over 150,000 acres of Virginia land.

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