Riverfront Easement Provokes Debate

In Red Wing, Minnesota, the city is seeking to turn 200-acres of marshes and forests into a permanent conservation easement. A citizen group has complained that locking down the land forever is a bad idea.

The idea was spurred by the donation of 3 acres along the waterfront by a family conservation fund, with the city adding 202 acres to the easement. The citizen group calls itself "Voices of Red Wing."

From the Red Wing Republican Eagle: "You're not trusting future city councils do their job. It ties up everything down their for the future forever," voices member Stephen Castner said."

"Planning Director Brian Peterson wrote in a city memorandum an easement would be in line with the city's long-range vision for the area."

Full Story: City looks to finalize riverfront easement

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