Headwaters Economics published a new trails legal resources summary, Legal Issues Associated with Trails: An Introduction. This resource is part of Headwaters Economic larger Trail Benefits Library, a collection of studies on the positive impacts of trails. The library is searchable by type of benefit and use as well as region.
The Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization and CCLT member, released a study in 2010 reporting that every $1 spent in Colorado protecting family farms and ranches by limiting development generates $6 in economic benefits for the state. The study, available here, was done by Jessica Sargent-Michaud, a staff economist with TPL. She analyzed the return generated by Colorado's investment in easements from 1995 to 2009.
This study was updated in 2014 by Erik Glenn, Executive Director of Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust and CCLT board member. By incorporating an additional five years of conservation successes into the dataset, he concludes Colorado receives $8 of economic benefit for every $1 of foregone revenue from conservation easement tax credits. Read the report here.
Are you working on baselines this spring? Do you need a quick guide to remind you what needs to go into a baseline or an easy checklist for a contractor to follow?
Here is a great resource put together by CCLT and land trust members as a guide for baselines.
With spring and summer on the way, many landowners will be working the land, making improvements and finally putting into place plans from the winter. Land trusts may be getting calls about, or may notice on monitoring visits, reserved rights being executed. Here is a good checklist that can help land trust navigate reserved right permissions, and permitting.
Spring is here and the weather is finally warming up! This means that many land trusts will start doing their annual monitoring visits. Here is some information to help guide the monitoring process, deal with potential violations, and obtain stewardship funds. Happy monitoring!
Need some guidance on landowner relationships, this document can help get you started.
From the Center of Excellence grant project in 2013.
About Due Diligence and Stewardship Guidance
Click on the topic links below for consolidated information on standards from the IRS, Treasury Regulations, Colorado Division of Real Estate, LTA Standards and Practices, and COSA Best Practices. Each topic document then offers guidance on what these standards mean to Colorado conservation professionals, with examples, clarifications, and considerations.
Due Diligence Topics: Stewardship Topics:
--Title Work --Easement Monitoring and Landowner Relations
--Appraisals --Enforcement of Easements
--Tax Forms --Reserved and Permitted Rights
--Water Rights --Amendments
--Mineral Assessments --Condemnation
--Environmental Site Assessments --Funds for Stewardship and Enforcement
--Draft Conservation Easements
--Baseline Documentation Reports