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Strategic Ranchlands at Risk in the Rocky Mountain West: Mapping the Threats to Prime Ranchland in Seven Western States

American Farmland Trust, Center of the American West, and The Nature Conservancy conducted a study to model and map prime ranchlands of the rocky mountain west (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico) and to assess the development threats to those lands over the next twenty years. This slide presentation was developed in conjuction with the report, Strategic Ranchland in the Rocky Mountain West.

Rocky Mountain Agricultural Landowners Guide to Conservation and Sustainability

The Rocky Mountain Agricultural Landowners Guide is the product of a unique partnership between American Farmland Trust and Coleman Natural Foods through the Coleman Eco-Project 2015, a 10-year relationship that addresses the critical need to protect U.S. working farms and ranches. In this guide, you will find information outlining tools and federal and state programs to help farmers and ranchers conserve their land and maintain its long-term health for future generations.

Much Ado About Kelo: Eminent Domain and Farmland Protection

In the case of Kelo v. the City of New London, the Supreme Court ruled that the Connecticut city could acquire land by eminent domain to make way for a private commercial development project that implements the city’s economic development plan. Regardless of how this controversial decision is applied, the case has raised public awareness about, and legislators’ willingness to address, eminent domain. Against this backdrop, there is an opportunity for farmland protection advocates to curb condemnation that could result in, or spur, farmland conversion.

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