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Conservation Easements and Water Resources in the Colorado Front Range

Authors: Paige Ramsey*, University of Denver
Topics: Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: conservation easement, land trust, water resources, mixed methods
Session Type: Poster
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Conservation easements allow private land owners to protect their land, via land trusts, from development in perpetuity. There are twenty-five accredited land trusts in Colorado with conservation easements on 2.5 million acres of private land all throughout the state. Open space sustainability and water resource conservation in the face of increasing developmental pressures are the primary focus of the majority of Colorado land trusts. I am proposing using a mixed methods approach to gain a better understanding of why individual land trusts choose to make water resource conservation an integral piece of their directive and determine if there are significant clusters of conservation easements in proximity to developed and developing areas of the Colorado Front Range.

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