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Conservation Easements - A Troubled Adolescence

Journal of Land, Resources, and Environmental Law, Vol. 26, p. 47, 2005

10 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2009  

Nancy A. McLaughlin

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This article briefly describes conservation easements and the dramatic growth in the use of such easements over the past two and a half decades. The article then highlights some of the more troubling issues that have arisen as a result of the growth in the use of conservation easements, as well as proposals for reform. The article concludes on an optimistic note, asserting that if reforms can be successfully implemented, conservation easements can emerge from their troubled adolescence to take their appropriate adult role in the panoply of land conservation techniques, and may help lead us to a new paradigm of private property ownership.

Keywords: conservation easements, conservation servitudes

JEL Classification: K11, K32, L3, Q15, Q24

Suggested Citation

McLaughlin, Nancy A., Conservation Easements - A Troubled Adolescence (2005). Journal of Land, Resources, and Environmental Law, Vol. 26, p. 47, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1460187

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