Cayuga County SWCD
Cortland County SWCD
County of Onondaga
Cornell Cooperative Extension/Onondaga
US Dept of Agriculture
Our vision is to live in a society in which future generations will have natural resources necessary to sustain and enrich their quality of life.
CCE Onondaga workshop encourages landowners to think about the future
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County will present a workshop for rural landowners and their families to help them plan for the future of their land. Cornell Cooperative Extension Onondaga County in collaboration with Cornell University Department of Natural Resources and Finger Lakes Land Trust will host this workshop on November 14, 2014 with registration at 9:00 a.m. and the program from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.
The average age of New York’s forest landowners is 60, indicating an unprecedented transfer of forest ownership will take place in the next decade. At least 80 percent of these owners intend to leave their forestland as a legacy to their heirs or other beneficiaries. Only 40 percent have actually discussed a legacy plan; fewer still have a plan in place. Unfortunately, forests are most at risk for conversion and loss when land transfer takes place. Without a plan, land could be lost to development, subdivision, conversion to nonforest uses, forced sale of timber, or land sale to pay large estate taxes. When forestland is lost, so too are public benefits—fresh water, clean air, wildlife—and private benefits—solitude, recreational opportunities, aesthetic beauty, and spiritual renewal.
This workshop is designed to get families talking and planning about the future – sometimes a difficult conversation. While the focus of this workshop will be on woodlands, the tools presented on are also applicable to farmland succession planning. All landowners are encouraged to attend.
This interactive presentation will be facilitated by Dr. Shorna Broussard Allred, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, who will provide effective tools that families can use to decide the future of their land. This workshop will share good ideas on how to get the discussion started and provide a host of excellent resources to help make the process of ownership transfer focused and smooth.
Elizabeth Newbold from the Finger Lakes Land Trust will discuss what a land trust does and land conservation options available to landowners. The Finger Lakes Land Trust is a member supported non-profit conservation organization that works cooperatively with landowners and local communities to permanently protect those lands that are vital to the character of the Finger Lakes Region. Additional information on FLLT may be found at www.fllt.org.
John Moss Hinchcliff is a partner in Miller Mayer’s Trusts and Estates practice group in Ithaca. He will discuss estate planning, tax implications and other financial and legal approaches to a successful long-term legacy plan. Mr. Hinchcliff and his family have personal experience with legacy planning and land conservation decisions on their own property in the Finger Lakes Region.
Cost is $25.00 per family, which includes workshop materials, lunch and snack. Pre-registration is required and available on the CCE Onondaga web site: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/LoveYourLand_231
Questions about the workshop may be directed to Kristina Ferrare, CCE Onondaga, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (315) 424-9485 ext. 231.
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