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Re: E-M:/ Ann Arbor's stalled Greenbelt

Enviro-Mich message from Smileysmlc@aol.com

I will only make a quick comment on this topic:

Although a contract has yet to be finalized, it has already been reported in 
the newspapers that The Conservation Fund, Washtenaw Land Trust, and Southeast 
Michigan Land Conservancy will likely play a role in helping the City of Ann 
Arbor to implement the Greenbelt Program.  Progress is being made, but I can 
understand those who are critical of the apparent delays.  Time is truly of the 

If things proceed as planned, landowner applications will be sought in 
February with an approximate one-month review period.  Hopefully, evaluating the 
selection criteria, doing appraisals, and landowner negotiations won't result in 
lengthy delays.

I have my own suggestions on ways to effectively implement the Greenbelt 
Program, but I will keep them private for the moment.

Jack Smiley
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy

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