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E-M:/ voters in 5 N Michigan townships to consider farmland protection millage



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Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey" <davemec@voyager.net>
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FARMING ON THE EDGE IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN:

Ralph Grossi, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT) will speak on 
the value of farmland preservation at 7 pm on September 26 at the Elk 
Rapids Governmental Center. This will be a major event leading up to a 
Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) millage vote in five northern 
Michigan townships including: Elk Rapids, Milton, Torch Lake, Acme and 
Whitewater. If the vote is successful on November 2nd, the millage has 
the potential to save 25,000 acres of land, protect scenic views and 
water quality as well as maintain rural character in these townships. 
The effort spans both Antrim and Grand Traverse Counties and would be 
the only bi-county PDR effort in the United States.

Michigan is currently losing around 5 acres of farmland and open space 
every hour to urban sprawl. Recent studies have indicated if current 
land use trends continue Michigan will lose about 25% of its orchard 
land. The five northern Michigan townships are trying to buck this 
trend. Contact Wayne Kladder at 231-938-2510 for more information.
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