Keyword: Conservation

Redi Reports

Colorado has invested substantially in voluntary adoption of conservation easements. One of the state’s principal efforts, the Conservation Easement Tax Credit program, includes about 2.3 million acres (3.4%) of Colorado’s lands. More than one third of private lands enrolled in the program are grasslands, with more than one-quarter in shrub or scrub land, about 14% in evergreen forest and 9% in deciduous forest ecosystems.…

Redi Reports

Investment in Colorado’s currently pending agricultural conservation easement projects could generate $195 million in new economic activity in the state. This new economic activity creates 1,233 new jobs at an average wage of $50 thousand per year and $97 million in additional economic value (e.g., profits, wages, interest, rent, taxes) in Financial stimulus of this kind is of critical importance now in view of the effects of the current public health pandemic on the financial health of the agriculture sector.…

Redi Reports

Colorado House Bill 19-1264 is to investigate an alternative method to establish the amount of tax credits for which a qualified conservation easement contribution would be eligible. Conservation easements can be valued based on the expected estimated value of lost opportunity the landowner is suffering to convey the easement or the expected estimated value of the benefits to society from the ecosystem services protected or nurtured by the easement.…

Webinars

Colorado Humanities and the Regional Economic Development Institute at Colorado State University feature panelists Sonja Chavez from the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, Heather Knight from the Center for Collaborative Conservation, Wade Shelton from the Trust for Public Lands, and Mike Lester from the Colorado State Forest Service discussing natural resource assets, water headlands, and conservation efforts in Colorado.…
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