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Advisory council for land conservation in Lake County to view innovative 'greenprinting’ process

RELEASE DATE: June 6, 2006

TAVARES — The Public Land Acquisition Advisory Council on Wednesday, June 7, at 4 p.m. will receive its first glance at what the innovative technique of “greenprinting” can do for identifying which swaths of land in Lake County to preserve.

Meeting in the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares, the advisory council will view maps and learn other key features of this new method that assists with prioritizing future natural-land acquisitions. The process, developed by The Trust for Public Land, is a comprehensive approach to identifying land for conservation and strategies for protecting it. When completed this summer, Lake County’s “greenprint” will encompass layers of community-based data using computer modeling Geographic Information System (GIS) software. These layers of data include watershed protection, trail linkages and parks gap analysis.

“With the support of The Trust for Public Land, this greenprinting process will help shape how we continue with land acquisition and conservation,” said David Hansen, Lake County’s Public Lands Manager. “It will be a valuable tool to help map out where and how to protect ecosystems, watersheds and the County’s sweeping vistas.”

The Public Land Acquisition Advisory Council was created as a result of Lake County voters overwhelmingly approving a public lands referendum on Nov. 2, 2004. The citizens voted for up to one-third mill of additional property tax to finance the issuance of $36 million in bonds for the acquisition and improvement of land to protect drinking water, improve water quality of rivers and lakes, protect open space and provide passive recreation areas.

Interested property owners can submit their properties for consideration by filling out an application. The advisory council only considers properties from willing sellers. To obtain an application, call Hansen at (352) 343-9648, e-mail dhansen@co.lake.fl.us or click here.

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