Farmland and Open Spaces 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.

Quick Facts
Acres Preserved: 5900
Total Applicants: 146
Farmland and Open Space Preservation Board Meeting
April 21, 2020 , 3 pm

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 Meeting ID: 152 096 089
Password: 171720

Telephone Number          +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)


Contact Information:

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

Jessica Huegli
MSU Extension