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Luke Legere spoke on Article 97 protection for public lands at the 2018 Essex County Open Space Conference hosted by Essex County Greenbelt at the HC Media Studio in Haverhill on December 1, 2018. His co-presenter was Kathleen O'€™Donnell, who is expert on real estate aspects of ensuring protection for open space. Together they presented the latest on law, policy, politics, practical tips, and recent important court decisions. Law suits are prevalent between residents and municipalities challenging applicability of Article 97, which is important for land trusts, environmental organizations, and municipal officials and boards to know about. Download Mr. Legere'€™s PowerPoint presentation title: Article 97 Protection After Smith v. City of Westfield, from our Slideshow/Powerpoint section in our Reading Room.

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In an unequivocal victory for environmentalists and proponents of open space and outdoor recreation, the MA Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that Article 97 protection may be triggered for municipal land without formally recording a deed, conservation restriction, or other instrument in the chain of title. Article 97, enacted by the voters in 1972, is an important element of the state's Public Trust Doctrine protecting public land and water areas.

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