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A Land Trust In Bali, Modeled On Vt.

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Phyllis Kaplan, walking in rice paddies near Ubud, Bali.

The Vermont Land Trust was a familiar institution to Phyllis Kaplan, a Sandgate woman who'd worked on development issues in Bennington County. And when she first visited Bali, she says the pressure to develop traditional agricultural fields for suburban homes and hotels was familiar.

“To try to export something really wonderful from America and from Vermont, which is conservation.” - Phyllis Kaplan

For the past few years, Kaplan has been working to conserve land and preserve traditional farming in Bali by using the principles that land trusts in the United States have applied here for 40 years. She spoke with Vermont Edition about her work with the non-profit Sawah Bali.

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