Aspen Valley Land Trust has helped private landowners conserve nearly 35,000 acres of land in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys since its formation in 1967. Landowners give the Land Trust conservation easements that limit or remove development rights. In return, the state and federal governments grant tax incentives to qualified donors. The landowners get to maintain private property rights and control of the land. The Land Trust enforces the conservation easements.
ASPEN REAL ESTATE – The business of conserving land is bouncing back from the recession just like the economy. Aspen Valley Land Trust snuffed the development potential on 2,438 acres of agricultural land and wildlife habitat in 2011 after experiencing some tough years in 2009 and 2010. “When the crunch came in ’08, people were so uncertain they didn’t know what to do,” said Martha Cochran, the Land Trust’s executive director. While they still might be uncertain about the state of the economy, they’re now moving ahead with plans, she said.
By Scott Condon, June, 20 2012 AT