Consider Conservation Easements for your Property
Have you ever considered designating your land, large or small, for a conservation easement? Here is some important information worth considering from our partners at Colorado Open Lands. FOLBR is always here to help if you need it.
What are Conservation Easements?
Colorado Open Lands serves our community and future generations by helping private landowners place a voluntary legal agreement called conservation easements on their property. Under the terms of these agreements, their ranch stays their ranch, their farm stays their farm. The process is driven by the wishes of the landowner, but with the goal of protecting open space, water, and wildlife habitat – forever.
They guide partner landowners through the process of placing the easement on their land, and then visit each property annually to ensure that the easement is upheld. While each easement is different and tailored to the land it protects, they all have the same overarching goals: permanent protection from the property being subdivided or developed. That means that all the benefits that come from the land remain: scenic views, fresh water, wildlife habitat, local food production, and Colorado’s heritage.
In 39 years, Colorado Open Lands have protected over 560,000 acres of Colorado – that’s an aggregate area larger than all of Summit County! They have pledged to triple the pace of conservation, and protect an additional 240,000 acres by 2025 – read the strategic plan with the hotlink below to find out how.