Since 2005, NeighborSpace has protected 18 properties totaling 85.7 acres, including 20.4 acres in fee and 65.3 acres in easements and valued at $1.5 million. They are shown on the map and described in the table below.
Projects evolve in 1 of 2 ways: (1) someone completes an acquisition application (available here); (2) we identify property through conservation mapping.
Acquisitions take 2 forms: (1) acceptance of a donated interest giving the donor valuable tax benefits; (2) purchase of an interest. Half of our current holdings were donated; the balance were purchased with open space waiver fee funds.
Ownership typically takes 1 of 2 forms: (1) a fee (the most extensive ownership interest in land) or (2) a conservation easement (a restriction on the owner’s right to use the land because of its value as public open space).