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Ranchers rush to secure conservation easements

According to the Denver Post, ranchers are rushing to secure conservation easements to take full advantage of the tax incentives offered this year.

Nationally, the total acres conserved by land trusts increased 54 percent to 37 million acres from 2000 to 2005, according to the 2005 National Land Trust Census Report, which is published every five years. ‘In Colorado, 1.2 million acres – or 1.5 percent – of the state’s 66.6 million acres are in conservation easements,’ said Jill Ozarski, executive director of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts.”

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