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.