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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Article on Conservation Easement Statutes

SsrnNancy A. McLaughlin (University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law) and Jeffrey Pidot (Maine Attorney General's Office) recently published an article entitled, Conservation Easement Enabling Statutes: Perspectives on Reform, (2013). Utah Law Review, Vol. 3, p. 811, 2013; University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 61.  Provided below is the abstract from SSRN:

All states have enacted some form of legislation that facilitates the creation of conservation easements. However, these state enabling statutes do not always contain the safeguards necessary to protect the public interest and investment in the easements. This short article proposes a variety of reforms intended to build needed protections into state law. No longer should the public be willing to invest in conservation easements without assurance that the protected lands have high conservation value, the easements are accurately valued, and the easements will not erode or be lost over time due to, for example, inadequate recordkeeping, holder incapacity or mismanagement, confusion or controversy over applicable laws, misapplication of common law real property doctrines, or other legal infirmities.


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