Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell represented Walking Mountains Science Center in its conveyance of a conservation easement to the Eagle Valley Land Trust in Edwards, Colorado, funded in part by Eagle County’s Open Space Program. This transaction was unique in many ways. Conservation easements often emphasize protecting large tracts of land; however, this relatively small transaction is focused on conserving the pristine riparian habitat of Buck Creek Valley for educating the public in nature, science, and conservation. This transaction was also one of the first applications by a nonprofit entity for the Colorado Conservation Easement Tax Credit.
Our team negotiated a number of transaction and funding documents, including the conservation easement and a public access easement; coordinated the efforts of various parties and experts; and applied for and obtained a preliminary advisory opinion for what was for us our first public education conservation easement. Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell is proud to have contributed to ensuring that this land is now protected under a permanent conservation easement for the purpose of public education—a significant achievement in furthering environmental stewardship and inspiring sustainability for the current generation as well as the next.