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“It really is the showcase commissioners have been looking at since 2006,” she said.
“This land will always be there for the use and enjoyment of the public and to protect the river.”
Elayne Aiple said she wanted to conserve the land rather than see it parceled into condominium projects. Love for conservation and a strong connection to land is common among landowners who apply to the Land and Water Legacy program.
As the county’s principal planner, Harper takes on special projects that have included consolidating Washington County’s watershed districts and now, forging an economic development plan.
“A lot of what I do is sorting out roles and relationships,” she said.
Nobody has been appointed yet to take over Land and Water Legacy when Harper leaves the county, but she thinks most current projects will be resolved by then.
“When I leave I can look back and when somebody asks me what I’m most proud of, I can say the Land and Water Legacy program,” she said. “I think the general public is still interested in having a county that has remnants of rural character.”
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