Conservation easements, in the right application, can be useful tools to protect land and provide significant tax advantages to the property owner.  When used in the wrong application they can be the property owner’s worst nightmare for a long time to come, in fact “forever”.  Before one enters into a conservation easement it is imperative that they have a full understanding of how easements work, the pros and cons both short term and long term and of course what benefits can the easement provide.  It is also recommended that parties seeking to enter into an easement get outside advice from many professionals to include foresters, real estate agents, accountants and lawyers.  All that being said, here is an article recently published on landthink by Ed Roberson, a Colorado-based ranch broker and land conservation consultant that discusses six common misconceptions about conservation easements.