About This Class
Increasingly important in our efforts to preserve ecological diversity, historic places, working lands, scenic viewsheds, open space, and public access are conservation tools and processes such as donation of conservation easements, purchase of sensitive lands, and private/public partnerships for land conservation. Students will research and review the swiftly developing body of law and legal issues accompanying the use of perpetual conservation easements, and will gain a practical understanding of both the legal and non-legal dimensions of land conservation transactions involving conservation easements. In addition, students will actively engage in the progression of a conservation easement transaction, beginning with early negotiations, drafting, and financial analysis, and proceeding along a spectrum to donation, amendment, violation, and enforcement. Each student will be responsible for engaging in role playing exercises throughout the conservation transaction process to assess various financial and tax scenarios, identify and resolve disputes related to the conservation transaction, and negotiate, draft, and defend a conservation easement.