Author: Jim Daus

How do I determine the value of a donated easement?

Only a qualified real estate appraiser can determine the value of an easement donation for tax purposes. The appraiser will consider the property’s ‘highest and best use’ — under current zoning — and its...

If I donate an easement, what are the tax benefits?

A gift of a conservation easement frequently benefits a landowner by permanently protecting the important conservation qualities of the property without the landowner having to give up ownership, and by creating immediate tax advantages....

What happens to the easement if I sell the land or die?

A conserved land may be sold or passed down to one’s heirs. The easement agreement remains a permanent part of the title and will run with the land even after its transfer. The landowner...

What is a conservation easement?

A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a charitable organization or government entity that permanently preserves scenic or agricultural open space, natural habitat, or recreational areas (conservation values) for...

How does the Eagle Valley Land Trust protect land?

The Eagle Valley Land Trust is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1982 to preserve the important wildlife habitat, magnificent scenic vistas and historic ranching heritage that are integral to the...

WEBSTER

Webster

In 1998, longtime Vail resident George Webster protected the 377-acre Webster Ranch with a conservation easement in order to maintain forever the open space, agricultural productivity, wildlife habitat and scenic qualities of the land....

WALDEN

Walden

The Walden easement on Yarmony Mountain consists of 75.6 acres north and east of Bond along Copper Spur Road, near the Routt County border. This beautiful site features a varied terrain. A band of...

TAYLOR CITY

Taylor City

The Eagle Valley Land Trust often has opportunities to visit remarkable open space properties in the more remote parts of Eagle County . Even with our strong commitment to conservation, our county-wide orientation usually...

ROBERTS RANCH

Roberts Ranch

In 2009, Eagle Resident George Roberts decided to place a donated conservation easement on his 17+ acre property in the Terrace neighborhood of Eagle, Colorado. Instead of developing five previously approved home sites, Mr....

POTATO PATCH

Potato Patch

Conservation easements can be used to define the character of a neighborhood as the Potato Patch Partners demonstrated in 2003. Located on the last switch-back near the top of Potato Patch Road on the...

MCCOY SPRINGS

McCoy Springs

The McCoy Springs conservation easement covers 32 acres along McCoy Creek and the hillsides above Cresta Road in the Arrowhead neighborhood. The easement protects 2.7 acres along the pristine and scenic McCoy Creek and...

JOHNSON

Johnson

The Johnson easement is a 25 ± acre parcel, located on the west side of Brush Creek Road. Providing a buffer between the road and the Eagle Ranch community, this easement features a portion...

GOLDEN BAIR RANCH

Golden Bair Ranch

Golden Bair Ranch offered a unique opportunity to protect the western gateway to Eagle County and the critical viewshed of the Glenwood Canyon along the Colorado River. In a single day, more than 15,000...

GATES RANCH

Gates Ranch

The Ranch: A Living Legacy Lying in the heart of the great expanse of the Derby Mesa ranches in northwestern Eagle County is the 740-acre Gates Ranch. Its sweeping expanses can be seen from...

DIAMOND STAR RANCH

Diamond Star Ranch

Diamond Star I The 10,500 acre Diamond Star Ranch, located south of I-70 and several miles east of Eagle, stretches south along rolling hills above the Brush Creek Valley. Since the 1890’s, the property...

DEWEY PARK

Dewey Park Conserved Forever!

By Jessica Foulis As we anxiously await the snowfall and transition from our summer activities to winter, I have sadly packed away my swim suit and raft to make room for the ski boots...

WEST AVON PRESERVE

West Avon Preserve

Your local Land Trust, in partnership with the US Forest Service, Eagle County, Town of Avon, the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association and others, placed a permanent conservation easement on 478-acres of land just...

SPUD CELLAR

Spud Cellar

Dubbed Spud Cellar in recognition of the structure that once neighbored this site (center, left of photo), this 35-acre parcel was once part of the expanse of working ranches that stretched south through the...

PTARMIGAN

Ptarmigan

Owned by the Town of Vail, the 5.39 acre Ptarmigan Road property is located just east of Vail Village. Surrounded on three sides by Forest Service lands, it is covered almost entirely with aspen...

MILLER RANCH

Miller Ranch Community Open Space

An abundance of local citizens and local groups use this incredible tract of open space on a daily basis. Whether it is neighbors meeting for walks with their dogs, moms strolling together with their...

MEADOW CREEK

Meadow Creek

Nestled between Stephen’s Park and the Meadow Creek condominiums in the Intermountain neighborhood in West Vail, is a 2.6-acre parcel that was, in 2005, destined to be developed. However, neighbors and friends who regularly...