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Colorado's public lands are faced with new challenges but water and land management depend on working together. Read about the relationship between water and land in Colorado and how Coloradans are converging to restore Colorado's public lands in the Spring 2018 issue of Headwaters magazine.

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Critical Issues in Land Conservation: Water Rights and Oil & Gas Development

Glenwood Springs—This two-day conference will offer guidance to conservation professionals and landowners on how to protect water-dependent conservation values using conservation easements. It will also explore the implications of increasing oil and gas development on conservation easements in Colorado.

On Monday, Feb. 27, the conference will follow the information provided in the Colorado Water Trust's new publication,

‘The Water Rights Handbook for Conservation Professionals.’ This 130-page handbook will be included as part of registration fees for the conference. The handbook presents an introduction to analyzing water rights for conservation projects, provides guidance on conducting appropriate due diligence, determining the value of water rights, assessing the long-term stewardship obligations of including water rights in a conservation easement, and provides recommended language for conservation easements.

Tuesday, Feb. 28 will focus on the implications of increased oil and gas development for land conservation efforts. This will include an overview of the IRS regulations regarding mineral estates, a discussion with oil and gas industry representatives regarding the state of exploration in Colorado, and more.

‘This conference will tackle two of the biggest issues in conservation in the Rocky Mountain West—water and oil and gas development,’ says Kris Larson, executive director of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts. ‘Colorado has always been a leader when it comes to conservation, and this publication and conference will set the stage for how we can best use conservation easements to protect our state's important land and water resources. We have assembled the state's most informed experts on this issue to help guide the conservation community through this complex issue.’

Colorado is one of the most effective and progressive states when it comes to land conservation practices, ranking third nation-wide in the total amount of acres protected through conservation easements.

The conference will be held at the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. It is co-hosted by the Colorado Water Trust, the Aspen Valley Land Trust, the Land Trust Alliance and the Colorado Foundation for Water Education.

To register or for more information about the conference, visit the Colorado Coalition of Land Trust web site: www.cclt.org.

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