Thank you for permanently protecting your land! Future generations will share our gratitude. In the meantime, please contact us if there’s any way we can assist with the preservation or enhancement of your property and the treasures it contains. For more on what to expect as an easement holder and helpful suggestions on improving your land, please see the landowner resources below.
The monitoring process: what you can expect
Monitoring visits are conducted annually on every conservation easement we hold. These visits are required by federal law, our Colorado certification by the State, and as part of our Land Trust Alliance Accreditation. Each conservation easement is created to ensure the permanence of specific values of a property. To protect these values, each easement contains certain permissions and restrictions for activities on, and uses of, the land. During each monitoring visit, these permissions and restrictions are reviewed and the property is evaluated on whether the terms are being followed.
Equally important to reviewing the terms of the conservation easement is the opportunity for us to meet with the landowner in person to address any questions or concerns. It also provides us the opportunity to go over your future plans for the property and any reserved rights you intend to exercise in the upcoming year.
For a more complete description of the process and our landowner obligations, download our landowner packet.
Have questions about stewardship or monitoring? Please contact our Director of Land Stewardship, Cheryl Cufre at CCufre[at]coloradoopenlands.org or at 303.988.2373 ext. 219
Alternative Transfer Mechanisms – Water Sharing
Colorado Open Lands published the definitive guide to innovative water sharing practices. We are pioneering voluntary agreements in which landowners lease water rights to municipalities and fallow their fields in dry years. In wet years, farmers can still farm as usual. This presents an alternative to selling water rights permanently. Click here to view the guide.