Maggie Hanna – What Exactly is a Conservation Easement Anyway?
Maggie Hanna is the Director of External Relations at the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust. New Agrarian Program Colorado Manager Taylor Sanders has a conversation with Maggie, which helps us understand what conservation easements are, why they matter in the West, and she shares some of the rewarding aspects of being involved in conserving vast landscapes in her home state.
00:53 Taylor Sanders introduces the episode with Maggie Hanna, Director of External Relations at the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust and the main topics for the episode: what it’s like working for a land trust, what exactly are conservation easements, and Maggie’s work on mental health in the farming and ranching community.
01:25 Maggie’s introduction
02:27 Maggie introduces the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) and defines conservation easements (a tool that eliminates the development right on a piece of property, helping to ensure that the land stays in agricultural production)
05:52 How conservation easements are valued and how they can be used as tools in different ways
08:34 How the increasing value of land affects conservation easement work
12:07 The most rewarding and most challenging parts of Maggie’s work with conservation easements
18:02 Maggie’s background – growing up on a cow/calf operations and starting to work for CCALT
19:52 CCALT’s tagline: “from one generation to the next”, and the personal meaning that it holds for Maggie
21:12 Skills and experience that can help prepare someone for a career at a land trust
24:12 Maggie’s work in rural mental health
27:35 The things in agriculture that bring Maggie excitement and hope right now
29:53 Finding satisfaction in the little tasks on the ranch
32:50 Job announcements: Apricot Lane Farms’ apprenticeship program, in Moorepark, California. Applications for the 2022 season of Quivira’s New Agrarian apprenticeship program open on November 1st! Applications close on December 15th. To learn more about the program, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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