Conservation Easements: A Trap That Keeps on Trapping

by Bonner R. Cohen

“The last four decades have seen the slow but steady rise in the use of conservation easements as a means of preserving land deemed of environmental, historical, or cultural significance. These include goodies such as subsidies for wind turbines, solar arrays, and electric cars as well as generous tax breaks associated with conservation easements. Others supposedly serve some noble public purpose but, upon closer inspection, benefit only a sliver of the population to the detriment just about everyone else,” according to a story by Bonner R.. Cohen of CFACT.

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