ID

CNRE-121P (CNRE-129P)

Authors as Published

Jennifer Gagnon, Adam Downing, Mike Santucci, Travis P. Mountain

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Most woodland owners want their land to stay intact, in forest, and in family, even after they pass. Unfortunately, land is most vulnerable to subdivision, land use change, and being sold out of the family when it passes from one generation to the next. This is often a result of poor (or no) planning. Fortunately, with proper planning and communication, these unwanted changes can be avoided. This guide leads families through a 9-step process to help ensure everyone's wishes for the land are met.


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Publication Date

January 12, 2021