Frequent Asked Questions

I’m planning on selling my property. do I need to contact COL?

Yes. Please contact us when your property goes up for sale and/or when you have a closing date set. At the time of the sale we will require a Notice of Transfer to be filled out which includes the contact information for the new landowner. Depending on your conservation easement, there may be a transfer fee due to COL with the sale of the property. In addition, we are always available to discuss the conservation easement
with a prospective buyer.

Can I sell only a portion of my property?

It depends on your conservation easement. Selling only a portion of your property may or may not be permitted in your conservation easement. Please contact us to discuss your situation.

Can I build a new structure or improvement (house, barn, garage, road, etc.)?

It depends on your conservation easement. Your conservation easement may or may not allow for various improvements or structures. Contact us when you are in the beginning stages of planning so we can guide you on what is permitted.

I’ve been approached by a company interested in developing oil and gas on my property. Is this allowed?

It depends on your conservation easement. Your conservation easement may or may not allow for oil and gas development such as wells and pipelines. Contact us as soon as you are contacted by an oil and gas company to discuss your situation. COL has policies that we must follow when reviewing proposed pipeline and O&G activity.

I’ve been approached by the government or other entity who says they are going to condemn a portion of my property. should I contact COL?

Yes. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your situation.

Can my conservation easement be changed?

It depends on your conservation easement and on what you want to change. It is possible to amend a conservation easement under certain circumstances. Please contact us to discuss your goals and we will help determine if an amendment is possible.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to COL staff with any questions about your conservation easement.

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