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Farmland Preservation

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Chatham Soil and Water Conservation District's mission is to ensure the wise use of our natural resources, soil, water, air. plants and animals by providing technical and educational services to land users. Preserving working agricultural lands in Chatham County is one of our top priorities to accomplish that mission.

Farmland preservation protects the long-term viability of our food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses. Land protected by agricultural land easements provides additional public benefits, including environmental quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat and protection of open space.

In 2010, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners adopted a Farmland Preservation Plan that includes several components to help retain farmland and boost the county’s agricultural economy. The county’s Agriculture Advisory Board worked with the Chatham County Center of Cooperative Extension Service, the Soil and Water Conservation District and the Triangle Land Conservancy in developing the plan with grant funding from the state’s Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. Click here to download the Plan.


For additional programs and resources, please follow the links at the left to see how you can participate in preserving farmland.