Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program


Preserving Ingham County’s rural farming community and natural ecosystems is an important priority for the residents of the county– that is why they passed a millage in 2008 (and renewed it in 2018) to fund the preservation of farmland and natural land. This millage helps interested landowners permanently protect their land for future generations by allowing the County to purchase their development rights and in this way compensating them for the development value of their land.

Applicants are ranked by our scoring systems which are based on preservation goals of the two programs. Our programs are completely voluntary. The application period for the 2019 Farmland and Open Space Programs is open, and the deadline for application is Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 11 a.m. Please download our applications for more information in the Application Forms tab on the left, or contact our staff below for more questions or for a physical copy of the application.
Contact Information:

Stacy Byers
Farmland and Open Space Preservation Board Director
121 E. Maple, Mason, MI 48854
(517) 244-7197

Christian Smith
Farmland and Open Space Preservation Board Coordinator
121 E. Maple, Mason, Mi, 48854
(517) 862-1559

Jessica Huegli
jhuegli@ingham.org
MSU Extension


Quick Facts
Acres Preserved: 5900
Total Applicants: 146

The application period for the 2019 Farmland and Open Space Programs is open, and the deadline is Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 11 a.m. Please download the application in the Application Forms tab on the left, or contact us for a physical copy.