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Report: Cost of Land Conservation Soars

Posted June 12, 2007

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— Land conservation is becoming a more expensive proposition in North Carolina, a group reported Tuesday.

Land for Tomorrow released a study that shows the prices of land bought by the state for conservation purposes have appreciated by 285 percent in 10 years. That equates to a $100,000 home increasing in value to $385,000 between 1996 and 2006, the group said.

The average price per acre paid by state agencies in 1996 was $699. Last year, the average price per acre had risen to $2,691, according to the report.

The state is working to conserve land to protect drinking water supplies and to create state parks for a growing population. Officials have set a goal of conserving 1 million acres by 2009.

Land for Tomorrow said rising land prices will make that goal more difficult to reach.


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  • lornadoone Jun 13, 2007

    Ugh.. I'm moving to Canada. This state (and country) is getting out of control.

  • turkeydance Jun 12, 2007

    Land costs (real estate) and overall taxes have increased
    the most in the last 17 years....but Taxes are #1.
    Health Care is a distant third.

  • ladyblue Jun 12, 2007

    Don't worry You'll probably be selling what ya bought anyway later on. If you keep buying land, I'm sure you will raise some kind of tax. Hang on to it.We may need what you alredy bought to find housing for all the illegals who will be arriving soon.