Doug Visser along with his dad Clarence, are hoping make their land the first agricultural land preserve in the Edmonton area and preserve the farm, old growth forest and community outreach centre from possible road construction in Edmonton, Friday, March 31, 2017. Ed Kaiser/Postmedia (Edmonton Journal story by Elise Stotle)

Farmer Doug Visser is foregoing the potential for making millions of dollars in order to protect quality farmland and an old-growth forest from suburban growth while creating a permanent gift for Edmonton.
He’s arranged to place a conservation easement on the land and launched a fundraising campaign to cover the fees, pledging to match donations up to $70,000. The easement – registered and monitored by the Edmonton and Area Land Trust – would ensure the top quality farmland could never legally be used for anything beyond community-based agriculture.
“This is something the whole community of Edmonton can get excited about. It’s kind of a miracle,” said Raquel Feroe, a board member with the land trust.
“They’re willing to sacrifice millions of dollars to share this with the community,” she said, getting tears in her eyes Friday. “Just the generosity and the land ethic. The opportunity is here now and, if people get behind it, it’s going to happen.”
Visser’s 93 …