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Book Review: “Conservation Easements: Tax and Real Estate Planning for Landowners and Advisors”

The mainstay of publications on conservation easements has long been the second edition of the “The Conservation Easement Handbook,” authored by Elizabeth Byers and Karin Marchetti Ponte and jointly published by the Land Trust Alliance and The Trust for Public Land in 2005 (the “Handbook”).  As of 2011 there is another substantial work on conservation […]

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Property Taxes and Conservation Easements

Conservation easements are a remarkable legal tool for protecting land from development.  Among the things that make conservation easements unique is that they are the result of transactions by willing sellers and willing buyers, and thus are not imposed by regulation, they are negotiable and they are in almost every case perpetual.  The primary driver […]

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James Olmsted, OlmstedLAW

Founder, Owner, and CEO, 2003–Present Contact at: (541) 554-3665 or Represent land trusts and landowners in all aspects of fee title and conservation easement  acquisitions, including drafting conservation easements and all real estate matters. Also advise land trusts on institutional matters, including document review and LTA accreditation. Clients include Truckee Donner Land Trust, Feather […]

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