Mineral Rights Handbook Now Available
After over two years of hard work and collaboration by many committed people, the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts has published Mineral Development and Land Conservation: A Handbook for Conservation Professionals.
This is a critical resource for anyone involved in conservation transactions and provides expert and easy-to-use information about a broad range of issues related to land conservation and mineral and energy development. While the handbook focuses on Colorado law, it is also a valuable resource to land trusts in other states on mineral rights in general, due diligence checklists and sample easement language.
The Handbook compiles expertise from Colorado oil and gas and conservation attorneys, scientists, industry professionals and other conservation professionals on timely topics such as:
- Tax laws related to conservation easements and mineral development;
- How to determine ownership of mineral rights;
- Split estate and the legal rights of estate owners;
- The basic elements of a mineral remoteness assessment;
- Impacts of subsurface mining on conservation values;
- Mitigation and best management practices;
- Surface use agreements;
- Sample easement language; and
- Other key references and resources.
The book began as an attempt by a group of conservation professionals to tackle the complex and constantly evolving issues of mineral development and conservation. The working group focused on a broad spectrum of ideas into a workable plan that will guide conservation professionals through the complexities of mineral development in Colorado.
Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts welcomes additional comments from conservation organization practitioners and others who use this book. It is our hope to be able to improve its usefulness with updates in the future.