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Cost of Community Services Studies: Making the Case for Conservation
Saving land saves money. More than 80 Cost of Community Services (COCS) studies conducted nationwide by AFT and others show that privately owned farm, forest and ranch lands generate more in local revenues than they require in services. American Farmland Trust developed the COCS methodology to measure the net fiscal contribution of different land uses, including working farm and ranch lands. With a COCS study, citizens and community leaders can make more informed land use decisions. Making the Case for Conservation evaluates the COCS approach, shares lessons from AFT's experience and can help you decide whether a COCS study would be useful to your community. 2002, 78 pages.