Rooted In Land: A Conservation Easements Workshop

Event Details

This workshop, exclusively for Florida landowners, featured insights from seasoned land property appraisers, tax experts, and, importantly, fellow landowners who have decided to sell their development rights. We also heard from agencies involved in purchasing conservation easements, offering a well-rounded perspective on conservation easements and how they might be a viable option to generate revenue.

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Event Schedule

Thursday, June 13

Time Event
8:30 AM Attendee Check In
9:00 AM

Defining Conservation Easements
- Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM

9:30 AM

Conservation Efforts in Florida
Our panelists, comprised of agencies deeply involved in conservation initiatives across the state, will discuss various strategies, successes, and ongoing funding efforts to protect Florida's natural landscapes.
      - Callie DeHaven, Director - Division of State Lands at Florida Department of Environmental Protection
      - Ellen Morrison, Land Resources Bureau Chief - Southwest Florida Water Management District
      - Gaye Sharpe, Parks and Natural Resources Director - Polk County Board of County Commissioners
      - Sue Mullins, Rural and Family Lands Director - Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
      - Crenel Francis, WRE - Easements Coordinator - USDA

10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM

Perspective from Landowners
This panel highlights firsthand accounts from landowners who have chosen to engage with conservation easements. Through their diverse experiences, we will dive into the motivations, challenges, and rewards of preserving land for future generations. 
      - Alan Hitchcock
      - Doyle Carlton, III
      - Woody Larson
      - Mike Tomkow

11:30 AM Determining Land Values
This panel will explore appraisal techniques, influential factors, and strategies for adding or subtracting value from land assets. Through real-world examples, gain insights into the process of land valuation.
      - Kyle Catlett, Director - BBG Inc.
      - Philip M. Holden, MAI, President - S.F. Holden, Inc.
      - Riley Jones, MAI, SRA, President - Florida Real Estate Advisors, Inc.
      - Zac Ryan, Owner - Zac Ryan Appraisal Services Inc.
12:30 PM Lunch
1:00 PM

Tax Advantages & Implications
Dive into tax incentives and implications associated with conservation easements. Our panel of experts will explore the various tax benefits available to landowners who choose to conserve their land through easements, shedding light on potential deductions, credits, and exemptions.
      - Stephen R. Looney, Attorney, Corporate and Tax - Dean Mead
      - Brian M. Stephens, Attorney, Transactional Development and Land Use - Dean Mead

2:00 PM Open Discussion Forum

Free e-book

Conservation Easement Primer

Written by Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM
This book is written to give insight and answers to your questions about Florida conservation easements and other landowner rights. 
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