Good news that on 05/12/2016 a 162-acre farm in Jefferson County was permanently protected by a conservation easement.

The farm was protected in partnership with Jefferson County’s Farmland Preservation Program. This is the third farm Groundswell has partnered with Jefferson County to protect.

Jefferson County is one of the few municipalities in Wisconsin, like the Town of Dunn, that has set aside funds for buying conservation easements on their rich farmland, which is some of the best in the country. Under the easement, the farm is not open to the public but it ensures that this productive agricultural land will be permanently protected. Groundswell brought its expertise in navigating the complexities of easement transactions to help complete the project.

Funding for the project came from Jefferson County and the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. Our thanks also go to the landowner for agreeing to sell the easement at less than its fair market value.

Click here to see the farm on our interactive map.