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Conservation Easements

December 29, 2017, 6am PST
A tax break designed to protect land has become just another massive tax loophole. It looks like conservation easements are here to stay.
October 23, 2012, 5am PDT
Seattle offers a compelling example of how the transfer of development rights (TDR) can provide a market-based means to kill two smart-growth birds with one stone, writes Claire Thompson.
December 16, 2011, 10am PST
Land trust have been able to increase their holds during the last five years. Lower land prices and conservation easements on working ranches and farms have enabled greater conservation efforts.
High Country News
June 11, 2010, 7am PDT
A forest management company in Northern Idaho has set aside a 647-acre grizzly bear habitat. Part of the deal is that the company will not log while the grizzlies are in the house.
Bonners Ferry Herald
April 26, 2010, 11am PDT
In Red Wing, Minnesota, the city is seeking to turn 200-acres of marshes and forests into a permanent conservation easement. A citizen group has complained that locking down the land forever is a bad idea.
Red Wing Republican Eagle
January 22, 2010, 10am PST
This piece from <em>Miller-McCune</em> looks at the conservation easement and explains how the legal device is being used to protect land and prevent sprawl.