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A Conversation about By Lee Ann Fisch, Florida Forestry Association T alking with Dean Saunders about conservation easements is more than a conversation: it is a history lesson, a peek into politics, an economics class and a motivational seminar all rolled into one. Saunders, now the founder and owner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate (CBCSRE) in Lakeland, Florida, had a rich resume before becoming a resident of the world of real estate. A sixth-generation Floridian with deep roots in agriculture, he developed a passion for conserving a property's natural resources early in his professional life. "I'd be driving back home and see acre after acre of dead orange groves," Saunders said. "It was easy to imagine that all that land would be sold and developed. That was when I first started trying to figure out a way that people could keep their land and be paid not to develop it." Florida Forests 10 Spring/Summer 2015 Saunders later served as Agricultural Liaison, Special Assistant, and Director of External Affairs to the late Senator then Governor Lawton Chiles. In 1992, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where his strong passion for supporting landowner property rights and conserving the integrity of a property's natural resources found its first outlet. "I've always been a private property rights guy," Saunders said. "Don't tell people they can't do

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2015

Executive Outlook
Wildlife BMPs
A Conversation about Conservation Easements
Jim Karels Appointed President of NASF
Phil Gornicki Retires
Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting & Trade Show
Snapshots: Membership Matters
Business Card Exchange
Products & Services Marketplace
Advertisers’ Index/ Advertisers.com

FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2015