Conservation Excellence Conference

March 21 - 23, 2017 (Tuesday - Thursday)

University of Denver

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - In-depth half-day Seminars
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - Plenary and Concurrent 75-minute Sessions
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Concurrent 75-minute Sessions

CCLT's Annual Conservation Excellence Conference is the place for the land conservation community across the Rocky Mountain region to share knowledge and network. With more than 250 attendees annually, CCLT's conference helps define and influence the future of land conservation in the Intermountain West. 

Registration will open later in January. If you are interested in sponsoring, please email us at

Webinar - Byway Resource Protection: Leveraging Your Dollars

As funding opportunities become more competitive, granting entities expect more matching dollars. Leveraging available funds becomes more crucial. 

We’ll discuss ways to leverage limited funding to protect important resources along your Byway. Through the use of case studies, we will highlight successful projects and demonstrate how.

Join us on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 1 p.m. Eastern/12 noon Central/11 a.m. Mountain/10 a.m. Pacific as we hear from Sally Pearce, Colorado State Byway Coordinator Emeritus; Charlotte Bumgarner, Gold Belt Byway Leader and Resource Protection Grant Coordinator; and Amber Shanklin, Pikes Peak Region Conservation Director for the Palmer Land Trust. 

A session recording will be available for those who register, including anyone who can't attend the live event.

CLE opportunity - Conference on Environmental Permitting

You're invited to a new one-day Conference on Environmental Permitting, to be held February 27 in Denver. The laws, regulations, and policies affecting projects in the west are constantly changing, sometimes in significant ways. At this new program, the regulated community, law firms, and public agencies will join together to get insights on strategies and issues that arise during environmental reviews and permitting for both public and private development projects.

Get the latest on:

  • National Environmental Policy Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Endangered Species Act
  • National Historic Preservation Act
  • Colorado's LEAN Permitting Process

Program Co-Chairs

Ruth Hamilton Heese, Esq.
US Department of the Interior
Office of the Solicitor

Peter Nichols, Esq.
Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti

Bring a colleague, or your entire team! Register now:

Division of Real Estate - 2017 CE Appraiser Update Course

The Division of Real Estate will offer the Conservation Easement Update Course online for CE appraisers and community members to take. Click here to access the 88-page course book. Click here to register for the online course with Emily Griffith Technical College.

The Colorado Real Estate Appraiser Licensing Act requires the Board of Real Estate Appraisers (BOREA) to establish education and experience requirements for appraisers who prepare appraisals for conservation easements for which a tax credit is claimed. At the Board meeting held on May 5, 2016, the Board adopted continuing education rule 7.25. The rule requires all licensees who prepare a conservation easement appraisal for which a tax credit may be claimed to complete the “Conservation Easement Appraiser Update Course”. The rule is in effect for any conservation easement appraisal with an effective date of January 1, 2017 or later. Pursuant to section 12-61-727(3)(b)(IV), C.R.S., an appraisal will not be considered credible if the licensee has not completed this course prior to the effective date of the appraisal.

Sixth Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation

June 15 - 16, 2017
Sponsor: Land Trust Alliance
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Venue: Sheraton Gunter Hotel

Staying Informed on Conservation Law

Are you an experienced land trust professional, attorney, law school faculty, appraiser or accountant looking to stay informed on conservation law? Are you interested in crafting practical legal solutions?

If you work with land trusts on advanced legal issues, this is a program you cannot afford to miss. This symposium will deliver information that is impossible to find at any other single program. You will receive updates from leading practitioners and conservation professionals who are uniquely qualified to weigh in on timely topics in conservation law. You will leave with practical tips you can put to use immediately upon your return to the office.

Click here to go to LTA's website for more information, prices, and to register.