Conservation easements: Land Owners United wins access to appraiser’s records

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Land Owners United, a group that represents landowners who are having difficulty with conservation easements in Southeastern Colorado, filed for the information under the Colorado Open Records Act. Last week, Judge Sheila A. Rappaport ruled the state Division of Real Estate wrongly withheld material on appraisers Bill Milenski, who surrendered his license in 2008, and John Stroh, who was put on probation in 2006. “The ruling by the Denver District Court is a significant step forward for our group,” said J.D. Wright of Fowler, president of Land Owners United. “Some of us have been trying to get to the bottom of charges against our appraisers for the last six years. The only answer we received has been that the appraisal value was too high.”[…]

The appraisers had provided information to numerous owners of farm and ranch lands in Southeastern Colorado who entered into conservation easements.

More conservation easements coverage here and here.

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