With the current budget crisis, conservation easements are a frequent topic of discussion, particularly in regards to rural areas of Colorado. This legislative session, a bill has been introduced regarding oversight of conservation easements, HB09-1014. To find out more about what conservation easements do, you may want to consult some resources that can be found here at our library, including Update on Conservation Easement Guidelines: What Every Colorado Landowner Should Know, from the Colorado State University Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. (The link is to a 2007 document, but an updated and expanded 2008 version can be checked out from our library). Also, CSU published in 2002 the Colorado Landowner Conservation Easement Survey, a helpful resource for understanding Coloradans’ views on conservation easements. Finally, visit the Colorado Division of Real Estate’s Conservation Easement Oversight Commission website for more information.