Seneca, SC: For most people, conservation brings to mind waterfalls and mountain views.
For the 45 Oconee landowners, elected officials, and activists gathered at Tokeena Angus Farm, Saturday, Jan. 19, the focus was on farms.
“Many people really want to preserve their family farms as farms, not see them become strip malls or industrial sites,” said featured speaker Van Whitehead, Deputy Director, Upstate Forever. “Many find that conservation easements help do that.”
His talk addressed the what, why and how to use conservation easements.
“With conservation easements, you can still do what you always do,” he said. “You don’t have to put the entirety of your property in it. Such easements have much flexibility and many benefits. There are even tax credits for donations of a conservation easement.
“Like any real estate agreement, this process takes thought and care,” Whitehead continued, “And we at Upstate Forever and Oconee Forever are here to help you determine what’s right for you.”
In addition to Oconee landowners, the audience included County Council members Archie Baron, Paul Corbeil, Reg Dexter and Joel Thrift. Oconee’s Columbia delegation was also there: Sen. Thomas Alexander and SC House members Bill Sandifer and Bill Whitmire.