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Mission: The Mission of the Rural Preservation Program is to protect and enhance the rural character of the Town of Dunn, preserve a land base to support a robust agricultural economy, and promote ecological resilience to provide a sense of certainty about the future and sustain a high quality of life for all members of the community.

Goals: To pursue this mission, the Rural Preservation Program endeavors to:

  • Protect and buffer farmland and viable farm operations from the impacts of development

  • Preserve and buffer significant natural features, scenic vistas, and historic, cultural, and archaeological sites and landscapes from the impacts of development

  • Manage and buffer the encroachment of neighboring cities and villages and development within the Town

  • Create and maintain corridors of protected land

  • Foster a community that is supportive of a local food economy

Strategies: In an effort to fulfill the mission of the rural preservation program and achieve its goals, the Land Trust Commission and Town staff work to:

  • Partner with organizations for funding to assist in carrying out program goals

  • Create and sustain partnerships with a variety of organizations with shared goals, principally the Natural Heritage Land Trust

  • Purchase the development rights on a voluntary basis from willing owners through the use of conservation easements

  • Purchase lands in fee from willing owners

  • Contribute to the fee acquisition of lands in cases where public or non-profit acquisition furthers the mission of the program

  • Engage in local and regional planning efforts

  • Explore other options and tools for land protection and conservation

  • Provide outreach to interested individuals and groups

PDR Links

Benefits to Landowners and Residents
Frequently Asked Questions
Timeline of PDR Accomplishments
Ordinance Creating the Rural Preservation Program and Land Trust Commission

Mission, Goals, and Strategies of the PDR Program

Map of Protected Lands

Applying to the PDR Program


Cost of Community Services Studies

Land Use Links

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