Arizona Land and Water Trust: An introduction & Resource for land owners

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: Liz Peterson, Arizona Land and Water Trust, Executive Director


3:00pm - 4:00pm



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by Friday, October 15th

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About the program

Conservation easements are a powerful legal tool for protecting land and preserving family legacies.  Arizona Land and Water Trust has been working with landowners throughout southeastern Arizona for over forty to years put permanent conservation easements on lands that provide wildlife habitat, grazing rangeland and the open space that gives this region its Western character.  During this short presentation, you will learn about how conservation easements work, why local, state and federal government supports conservation easement programs, and the role of Arizona Land and Water Trust in conservation easement transactions.  We will present case studies that illustrate why some landowners are inspired to use conservation easements and how Arizona Land and Water Trust helped those landowners accomplish their goals. Finally, conservation easements are not suitable in many situations and we will discuss how estate planners, attorneys and financial advisors might determine whether conservation easements are a good option for their clients. 


About Liz Petterson

Liz Petterson joined the Arizona Land and Water Trust in 2007 and has held the position of Executive Director since 2011. A native Tucsonan and University of Arizona graduate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Liz has been involved with natural resource protection, public outreach and community environmental education efforts for over 25 years. Her extensive experience working with rural landowners, federal and state agencies, foundation partners and the wide variety of land and water conservation tools available through the Trust makes her particularly well-suited to furthering the Trust’s mission. Liz serves on the National Leadership Council of the Land Trust Alliance, the national land trust organization focusing on policy, standards and education. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Whale Foundation and Epilepsy Outreach Project. 


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