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John on Preservation of Farmland and Open Space

As McHenry County continues to grow, it is imperative that we preserve our prime farmland for its economic benefits and for its use as water recharge areas. I have given my support to the county to develop a farmland preservation ordinance that will allow farmers to sell their developmental rights and continue using the land for agriculture.

The preservation of open space protects our natural wetlands and native habitats. These natural resources help to protect and improve not just the quality of our water, but the quantity as well.

John supports the county’s Land First Initiative, which will require developers to protect environmentally sensitive areas, forcing protection and conservation of our most sensitive wetlands and water recharge regions.

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