Natural Resource Information:
The Colorado Natural Heritage Program tracks important lands for conservation planning, many which are partially or entirely located on private property. AVLT strives to conserve land within these "Potential Conservation Areas", and holds many conservation easements that overlay or connect to these areas. View West Elks Consulting's 2005-2006 updated status reports of Potential Conservation Areas in the Roaring Fork Valley and Eastern Garfield County, or view an interactive map of AVLT's conservation easements, with a map layer devoted to Potential Conservation Areas in our region.
Information for Landowners:
If you are interested in donating a conservation easement through Aspen Valley Land Trust, download our Landowner Information Packet (below), or send an email request and we will mail you a complete packet with information about easements, consultants and AVLT. Be sure to include your mailing address in the email. Note that our conservation territory is limited to the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys.
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Landowner Information Packet for conservation easements
AVLT's Introduction to CEs (booklet)
AVLT's Criteria, Checklist and Financial Requirements for creating a CE
Summary of State and Federal Tax Incentives
Protecting Water Rights
Landowner Planning Sheet
Questions You Should Ask! (frequently asked questions)
How to Get an Appraisal Done Right (Landowner information form)
Colo Dept of Revenue Taxpayer Service Division FYI 39 - Gross Conservation Easement Tax Credit
Directory of Consultants
AVLT maintains a directory of professionals for conservation projects, with focus primarily in Colorado and the greater Roaring Fork Valley. More complete directories can be found through Colorado Open Lands, while other resources of use to landowners and land trusts may be found at lta.org or cclt.org.
Federal Enabling Statutes and Information on the Federal Income Tax Deduction
Colorado Enabling Statutes and Information on the Colorado Conservation Easement Tax Credit
For up-to-the-minute updates and complete descriptions of conservation easement policy, please contact the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts or the national Land Trust Alliance.