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E-M:/ DNR RECEIVES 768 APPLICATIONS FOR STATE PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENTRIGHTS



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Sorry if this is a duplicate for folks, I just think the info is too good
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Please delete if you've seen it!  -Rita Jack


>Date: Thu, 17 Jul 97 11:49:05 -0500
>From: turneys@dnrserver1.dnr.state.mi.us
>Subject: DNR RECEIVES 768 APPLICATIONS FOR STATE PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT
>	RIGHTS
>To: DNRWire@dnrserver1.dnr.state.mi.us
>Sender: owner-dnrwire@dnrserver1.dnr.state.mi.us
>
>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>17 JULY 97 
>CONTACT: Rich Harlow, 517-373-3328 
>
>DNR RECEIVES 768 APPLICATIONS FOR STATE PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS
>
>LANSING-The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has received 768 
>applications from landowners wishing to sell their "development rights" 
>under the farmland protection program. Total acreage is 86,000 acres in 53 
>counties. 
>
>Applications were due April 15, 1997. The next opportunity to apply is 
>planned for January 1 through April 1 of 1998. 
>
>Michigan's Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program is administered by 
>the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Unit of the DNR Real Estate 
>Division, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA).    
>The program allows landowners to receive the "fair market value" for their 
>development rights in exchange for agreeing not to develop the land in the 
>future. The program permanently protects the farmland for agricultural use 
>and the landowner retains all other rights to the land. 
>
>"The public interest in this program has been outstanding," said DNR 
>Director K.L. Cool. "It shows that our landowners have strong motivation to 
>protect this significant part of Michigan's natural resource base." 
>
>"This tremendous response demonstrates that a PDR program is an innovative 
>tool to help farmers and protect Michigan's valuable farmland," said MDA 
>Director Dan Wyant. "The challenge is to meet the enormous interest in the 
>program and complement local PDR programs." 
>
>Funding for the program accumulates from the repayment of tax credits when 
>agreements activated under the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Act (PA 
>116) are terminated. 
>
>All applications received will be evaluated according to criteria 
>established by the Michigan Legislature, which include a scoring system 
>approved by both the Michigan Natural Resources Commission and the Michigan 
>Commission of Agriculture. Factors to be considered in the selection of 
>parcels for purchase include the productive capacity of the farmland, 
>threat of conversion to non-farm uses, complementing local farmland 
>preservation efforts, proximity to other protected land, and the 
>availability of matching funds. As a prerequisite in the application 
>procedure, all applications have already been approved by the appropriate
>local unit of government. 
>
>It is anticipated that the selection of parcels to be approved for purchase 
>will be completed later this year, at which time appraisal reports can be 
>prepared for presentation of offers to the landowners.
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