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What Does the Koontz Case Mean for Land Trusts?

GUEST POST BY: Tamara Galanter and Fran Layton, Shute Mihaly & Weinberger LLP, San Francisco, CA In an important decision for land trusts, the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District marks a significant change in “takings” law that merits close and deliberate attention to the way […]

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Free Market Environmentalism: Using Land-Based Conservation Easements as a Model for Marine Conservation Easements

GUEST POST BY: Daniel B. Zummo, LL.M., University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law 1.      Introduction One of the newest instruments used by environmentalists to protect land in the United States is the conservation easement.  Easements have been instrumental in preserving rural and agricultural landscapes, from family farms to working ranches and […]

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Selected Bibliography of Conservation Easement Scholarship by Professor Jessica Owley

This post is a selected bibliography of Professor Jessica Owley’s recent scholarship pertaining to conservation easements, with a focus on exacted conservation easements.  All of the abstracts and links to the articles have been or soon will be distributed on the SSRN eJournal “Protected Lands Law & Policy.”  Clicking on the links below will allow […]

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New Conservation Easement Scholarship by Professor Jessica Owley

Professor of Law at SUNY Buffalo School of Law Jessica Owley has recently published two important new pieces of scholarship pertaining to conservation easements.  The following abstracts and links to the articles were recently distributed on the SSRN eJournal “Protected Lands Law & Policy.” “Property Constructs and Nature’s Challenge to Perpetuity” Environmental Law and Contrasting […]

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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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