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Changing Climate and Natural Change: Writing Easements for Perpetuity

James L. Olmsted, Conservation & Preservation Counsel (Bio)
Prominent conservation easement attorney involved in large-scale conservation easement and fee title acquisitions for land preservation purposes. Experience includes drafting purchase and sale agreements, escrow instructions and complex, highly negotiated conservation easements. Prior experience includes real estate and land use practice involving navigation of the zoning, permitting, and environmental compliance process for major multi-million dollar luxury golf and ski developments in northern California. Extensive pro bono experience includes litigating high profile land use cases for land use advocacy groups. Most recent experience includes negotiating carbon offset purchase and sale agreements based on forested land protected by conservation easements. Widely published in law review articles and in bar journals. Maintains a full schedule of speaking engagements on topics related to land use and zoning, conservation easements and global climate change. For more information, please visit my website at www.landprotect.com.
Charles Schwarz, Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy (Bio)
Charles Schwarz is the Land Protection Specialist for the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy where he examines and reviews candidate properties to determine if they warrant protection under a conservation easement. Charles also monitors conservation easements in six counties and meets with landowners to discuss the terms of the easements and inspect protected acres for compliance with the terms of the easements. He retired in 2004 from the State Forest System where he managed the Tiadaghton State Forest’s Natural and Wild Areas to protect areas of biological significance as well as large roadless areas.
Saturday May 21, 2011
01:15pm – 02:45pm
Climate Change, Easements

Description

No matter the reason a property has been protected (large old trees, rare plants or animals, farmland, wetland, open space) changes are coming. Not the subdivision and development that conservation easements are designed to prevent, but natural or human-induced changes of a more subtle nature. This workshop will review key issues, including climate change and other naturally occurring changes to come, and the impacts of these changes on natural resources. The second portion of this workshop will review conservation easement language designed to mitigate or adapt for these changes, to ensure the conservation values are preserved. The workshop will also address climate change mitigation by using forests and range lands for carbon sequestration. This will be a technical discussion and will involve soliciting from the audience any experiences audience members may have with carbon offsets. This workshop will provide helpful handouts and an opportunity for robust discussion. (CLE Credits)

Last updated on 02/14/2011 by Nicole Faraguna

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The people of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association envision a prosperous Pennsylvania, where communities know that their treasured green places will endure. We envision a Commonwealth where the lands that guarantee our water quality are safeguarded; where every child can safely play at a nearby park; where our productive farmland and forests are protected, securing our food and timber supply; and where wild places are preserved for wildlife and people.

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