Colorado Democrats renege on deal, kill reparations bill for people mired in conservation tax credit problems
Parallel bill to expand easement program that removes development potential from farm and ranch land moves to governor’s desk. Sen. Sonnenberg says he was double-crossed.
Landowners who shaped Colorado’s conservation easement bill would receive hundreds of thousands of dollars if credits are restored
Move to use up to $149 million from the state treasury to pay out rejected tax credits draws fire. Critics say those who shaped the legislation would personally benefit.
Colorado could hand out up to $149 million in disputed conservation easement tax credits
State lawmakers want to end a decades-long dispute over lucrative conservation set-asides the state dubbed fraudulent. Some assessors call the settlement itself bogus.
A bold plan to protect 30% of Colorado lands and waters by 2030
Conservation groups hope to corral lawmakers, land managers, tribes and private landowners in a mission to add 14 million acres to Colorado’s trove of 6 million protected acres.
Conservationists cap 30-year preservation effort with protection of Banded Peak Ranch in southern Colorado
Landscape-scale conservation of entire drainages in Colorado -- like the 10 ranches along southern Colorado’s Navajo River -- could become more common with fully funded Land and Water Conservation Fund.
A world-renowned climate research site near Crested Butte is now protected by a conservation easement
Colorado Open Lands’ easement on 270 acres to protect the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab prevents development and serves as a model for management of conserved land