Conservation Easements

We have national expertise in conservation law, having completed hundreds of conservation easement transactions over more than 20 years.

Conservation easements remain a valuable tool for landowners who wish to preserve the beauty of their land for agricultural, recreational and other open space uses.  In Colorado and many other states, landowners can obtain both federal and state tax incentives when protecting their land in conservation easements.  Otten Johnson has national expertise in conservation law, completing hundreds of conservation easement transactions for more than 20 years.

Representing land trusts, landowners and government entities, we have assisted in the donation and purchase and sale of conservation easements to land trusts and local governments, both nationally and internationally, including purchases funded by:

  • Great Outdoors Colorado
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Routt County Purchase of Development Rights Program
  • Wetlands America Trust
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service

We also provide counseling to clients regarding amendments, discretionary approvals and other stewardship issues, including: prosecuting, defending and resolving enforcement actions.
 

Representative Transactions

  • Represented Douglas County in the preservation of more than 40,000 acres, including numerous projects along the south I-25 corridor in cooperation with The Conservation Fund and other partners.
  • Represented private landowners in Routt County to preserve more than 20,000 acres of working ranches and wildlife habitat.
  • Assisted in a transfer of development rights transaction as a means to preserve scenic wildlife habitat.
  • Represented land trusts in conservation easement transactions with local counties to preserve county-owned open space.
  • Assisted landowners and land trusts with conservation easement transactions in Colorado, California, New Mexico, Minnesota, New York, Utah, Wyoming and Costa Rica.

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