McDonald's On The Way Out & Conservation Easements

McDonald's On The Way Out & Conservation Easements

McDonald's On The Way Out & Conservation Easements. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.

Do you want to keep your farm or ranch in agriculture for future generations? Do you want to protect your agricultural land from future development? Do you want to restore wetland habitat on your land and protect it for migratory birds, fish, and other wildlife?

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Oregon offers easement programs to help private landowners, state and local governments, Indian tribes, and non-profit groups protect Oregon's working agricultural lands and wetlands for future generations. Tracy Robillard is the State Public Affairs Officer.

ROBILLARD: Basically this allows private landowners to either keep their farmland in agriculture for future generations or it allows them to restore wetland habitat and to keep that habitat maintained for birds, fish and wildlife.

Some McDonald's franchisees believe that the food giant maybe facing it's "final days." A group of store owners sees the company in the throes of a deep depression and the company doesn't seem to be helping. A recent survey of 29 franchisees say recent menu changes have been criticized as trying to be too many things for too many people and they say from their perspective that "things are broken." McDonald's has had seven straight quarters of same-store declines in the U.S.

That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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