Conservation Easements

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17
Oct
2016

Conservation Easements: Keeping Colorado, Colorado

by Amanda Barker, Executive Director, Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts Category: , ,

Colorado has a rich, proud heritage of working landscapes. Our productive farms, ranches, and abundant natural resources stretch from our prairie vistas to our mountain peaks. Coloradans – natives and newcomers, alike – are proud of our lands and we overwhelmingly support protecting them. These working lands have drawn people to Colorado for hundreds of years and they will continue to do so for many years to come. But our state’s continued growth has led to an important balancing act between development and maintaining what makes Colorado, Colorado. As Coloradans know, our state continues to grow. By 2050, the population is expected to exceed 9 million, nearly doubling the current number of residents and putting more pressure on our land and water. These pressures threaten the viability of our farms and ranches as well as iconic landscapes and scenic places. We see those threats becoming realities as family farms and ranches are sold into development, or lost due to financial hardships. There are, however, tools to protect our lands and our heritage. One of those tools is the... read more +

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The Conservation Easement Incentive Act is the result of years of hard work and advocacy.

18
Dec
2015

Historic Conservation Easement Legislation Passes

by Mary Pope Hutson Category:

For those who love the great outdoors, the holidays have come a week early this year. Instead of a new pair of hiking boots, Santa brought a bipartisan budget deal, which includes a provision that will drive over $1 billion in private lands conservation over the next ten years. With tremendous bipartisan support, Congress has finally made permanent an incentive for conservation easements, encouraging land owners to preserve their land in perpetuity. The incentive advanced through Congress as part of the America Gives More Act, a package of incentives to encourage charitable giving. The White House issued a formal endorsement of the tax and spending bills, specifically citing the tax incentives for charities as one reason for supporting the package. The Land Trust Alliance has been seeking permanency for this incentive for a over decade, and we know it will have a major impact on the future of conservation. First enacted as a temporary provision in 2006, the incentive is directly responsible for conserving millions of acres of America’s open spaces and natural heritage. This agreement is the most... read more +

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6
Dec
2015

Salazar: A Passion for Conservation

by Ken Salazar Category: ,

When I first ran for public office, I adopted as my campaign theme, “Fighting for Colorado’s Land, Water and People.” Genuinely rooted in my life experiences, working on a farm and cattle ranch, laboring in the outdoors built the foundation of those core values and became a major focus throughout my career. It has led to inspiring experiences and taught me great and humbling lessons. I have spent a lifetime working to protect America’s legacy in conservation, recreation, and preservation. In my time as Secretary of the Interior, United States Senator, Colorado Attorney General, Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and in the creation of Great Outdoors Colorado, I have attempted to make the case that jobs and economic development are supported by conservation efforts, open and working lands – our great outdoors. Indeed, outdoor recreation and preservation account for millions of jobs in the United States. As Americans, we should all be proud of the legacy given to us by President Theodore Roosevelt and many others who have made the United States the conservation leader... read more +