Trent Jones, broker and partner in Hall and Hall’s Sun Valley office, participated in the recent Idaho Conservation Easement Seminar hosted by the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts (ICOLT), a group of 19 nonprofit land trust organizations and two local and state government-sponsored programs working on private land conservation and voluntary conservation agreements throughout Idaho.
The event was attended by landowners, attorneys, appraisers, real estate agents, and conservation professionals from around the state. Discussion topics included — a landowner’s perspective on easements, how easements are valued, and tax incentives of easements.
Trent, who is a board member of the Wood River Land Trust, has been involved with conservation easements in a variety of capacities over the past two decades. During the seminar he participated on a question and answer panel addressing many practical aspects of easements, including the relationship between eased properties and the current real estate market.
There are tens of thousands of conservation easements across the country covering millions of acres of private land. These easements are held by a variety of federal, state, local, and private non-profit entities.
As landowners’ goals have changed with the times, Hall and Hall’s Resource Management Group has become a valued partner to ranch owners. Established in 1981, its traditional land management approach has evolved to include the enhancement of aquatic, wildlife, and recreational resources as well.