The Great Recession may have devastated development across the region, but it has proven a boon for public land trusts, nonprofit groups that use public funds and private donations to buy land for conservation.
These public trusts have been snapping up large tracts of land or buying
conservation easements â€“ agreements in which landowners essentially
promise not to allow development on their land in exchange for money â€“
while developers have been sitting on the sidelines or going out of