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Leading land conservation attorney Lawrence R. Kueter Receives National Conservation Award

October 7, 2013 | Land Trust Alliance | Washington, D.C.
Leading land conservation attorney Lawrence R. Kueter Receives National Conservation Award

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Honors early champion of Land Trust Standards and Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Larry Kueter of Denver, Colorado, was announced as the winner of the Land Trust Alliance’s prestigious Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award. Kueter was selected to receive the award in recognition of his 25 years of leadership in guiding and advancing the protection and standards of land conservation through his legal expertise, as well as his dedication to landowners, land trusts, governmental entities and statewide and national conservation organizations.

Kueter is the eighth recipient of this award given by the Land Trust Alliance to recognize outstanding leadership, innovation and creativity in land conservation in honor of early land conservation pioneer Kingsbury Browne (1922-2005).

Kueter was also named to serve in the Kingsbury Browne Fellowship at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy for 2013-2014. In his role in this fellowship, Kueter will engage in research, writing and mentoring with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a Cambridge-based think-tank with a focus on land policy. He will serve in their Department of Planning and Urban Form. Both awards were presented in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Land Trust Alliance’s Rally 2013: The National Land Conservation Conference, the largest annual gathering of professional and volunteer conservation leaders in the U.S.

In his acceptance remarks, Kueter referred to his two fundamental beliefs about the conservation community. He said, “The first is that I believe it’s essential to the full success of conserving the lands we all love that we work with the landowners who make their living from the land. And that is true whether they are a Colorado rancher, a California wine grower, a New England forester or my relatives on the dairy farms in Wisconsin. I believe that that success is there for the taking. I see it in the passion for the land and the interest in conservation that exists in the Colorado ranching community.”

He added, “My second fundamental belief is that I believe that you are rewarded for holding yourself to high standards. That is true for all the roles that we each occupy in life, but it’s especially true for a conservation community that depends so much on the support of the public and the support of the public’s programs that it is essential for our existence to hold ourselves to those kinds of standards.”

When presenting the award, Michael Dowling, Land Trust Alliance chairman of the board, said, “Larry is a giant to those of us who have been awed by his generosity of spirit, his kindness and his unbelievable level of patience for complicated conservation matters. We recognize and celebrate his calm, steady voice in the legal profession, his leadership and support of land trusts in Colorado and his success in winning and protecting state funding mechanisms for land conservation including Colorado’s state tax credit. Larry played a key role in helping organize the Partnership of Rangeland Trusts, which has ably represented cattlemen’s and stock growers’ land trusts and increased their presence and importance in the broader land trust community.”

Dowling added, “Larry’s commitment to land conservation is also clear in his service to the Land Trust Alliance. He has served on special committees and task forces and has been a member of our board for seven years. He has made an extraordinary contribution to the Accreditation Commission. Since being recruited at its inception to chair this independent program of the Alliance, a role he continues in to this day, Larry has helped to firmly establish this critical mark of excellence that has done so much to improve our movement.”

About Larry Kueter

Currently, Larry Kueter is a solo practitioner, serving as legal counsel to the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT) and has served as legal counsel to the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust since its creation in 1995. On behalf of CCLT, he has played a key role in obtaining approval of legislation to clarify property tax burdens on conservation easements, to provide a tax credit for conservation easements in Colorado and to permit post mortem donations of conservation easements. He has been instrumental in the groundbreaking work done in protecting agricultural lands, including the completion of more than 400 conservation transactions and the protection of nearly 600,000 acres of land.

Additionally, Kueter has been chair of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission since its creation in 2006, and has served on the Land Trust Standards and Practices Revision Committee and co-chaired the Standards and Practices Program Design Steering Committee, which developed the initial framework for accreditation. Kueter has also served as a member of the board of the Land Trust Alliance since 2006.
Kueter has served as an Adjunct Professor in Environmental and Natural Resource Law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. He has a J.D. from the University of Denver - Sturm College of Law, an M.A. from Wayne State University, and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His vision and guidance have helped to shape the sustainability of land trusts for generations to come.

About the Fellowship

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy began the Kingsbury Browne Fellowship in association with the Land Trust Alliance, offering its first Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award in 2006. Winners are chosen from a group of their peers, honoring lifetime contributions to the field of land conservation and work reflecting the values that Kingsbury Browne brought to his own seminal achievements.
The fellowship has previously been awarded to Peter Stein, managing director of Lyme Timber Co.; Audrey C. Rust, President Emeritus, Peninsula Open Space Trust (CA); Jay Espy, former president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust and current executive director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation; Jamie Williams, former director of The Nature Conservancy’s Northern Rockies Initiative and current president and CEO of The Wilderness Society; Laurie A. Wayburn, co-founder of the Pacific Forest Trust (CA); Mark Ackelson, president of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; and Darby Bradley, former president of the Vermont Land Trust and current special assistant for donor and government relations.

About The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation and taxation of land. Providing high quality education and research, the Institute strives to improve public dialogue and decisions about land policy. Learn more »

About The Land Trust Alliance

The Alliance is a national conservation organization that works in three ways to save the places people love. First, we increase the pace of conservation, so more land and natural resources get protected. Second, we enhance the quality of conservation, so the most important lands get protected using the best practices in the business. And third, we ensure the permanence of conservation by creating the laws and resources needed to defend protected land over time. The Land Trust Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and has several regional offices.


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