Public meeting on Baltimore County land preservation to be held

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold a public meeting on Nov. 21 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be land preservation efforts in the county’s parks and scenic vistas. The goal is to use the public testimony to help form policies and objectives for the 2012 Baltimore County Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan. The meeting will be held in room 104 of the Jefferson Building at 105 W. Chesapeake Ave. in Towson. In the meantime, the Valleys Planning Council, a county-based land preservation advocacy group, sent out an advisory last week for landowners who may be considering placing conservation easements in 2011. Easements donated in 2011 are eligible for a federal income tax deduction of up to 50 percent of the landowner’s adjusted gross income, with a potential carry-forward of up to 15 years.  With the economic climate remaining strained, VPC officials warn “there is no guarantee that this benefit will be renewed in future years.” More information may be obtained by contacting Ann Jones at the Baltimore County Land Trust Alliance at 410-229-0532.

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