Conservation Easements Offer Land Protection

Conservation Easements

Conservation EasementsFor many ranchers, conservation easements are a way to obtain needed cash for their operations without selling pieces of land.


About 40,000 acres of open space are protected by conservaton easements in Routt County. The easements are held by nonprofit organizations such as the Yampa Valley Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the American Farmland Trust.


The Yampa Valley Land Trust holds conservation easements for almost 25,000 acres. About 90 percent of the land the organization works with has some agricultural component.


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