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  • Two weeks in the West

    A flurry of end-of-year easements saves lots of lovely landscapes; heli-skiing wins in Utah; snow-lovers help starving Colorado deer; a possible ceasefire on the Klamath; and bark beetles are destroying Colorado’s lodgepole pines.

  • Conservation easement conundrums

    New York transplant Erin Toll helps Colorado crack down on conservation easement abuses.

  • Congress looks to reform a system with no steering wheel

    A proposal to overhaul the tax rules around conservation easements has private-land conservationists worried, but recent financial scandals show the need for some reform

  • Colorado tax credits make easements work for working people

    Conservation easements are considered the domain of the wealthy, but in Colorado, tax credits are helping farmers like Dorothy and Norman Kehmeier preserve their family’s land.

  • Reid Rosenthal Responds

    Reid Rosenthal responds to HCN's story on conservation easements.

  • Death, and taxes

    In Western communities with runaway land values, many ranching heirs have a hard time holding on to the family farm.

  • Timber companies borrow a tool from environmentalists

    In Idaho’s Panhandle region, the Potlatch Corp. is negotiating conservation easements on as much as 600,000 acres of forest, but not all conservationists are thrilled at the prospect

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