Division of Conservation: Conservation Easement Oversight Commission

Commission

Pursuant to section 12-61-1103 C.R.S., the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission is an eight-member commission whose mission is to:

  • Advise the Division and the Department of Revenue regarding conservation easements for which a state income tax credit is claimed
  • Review conservation easement tax credit certificate applications and requests for optional preliminary advisory opinions
  • Advise and make recommendations to the Division regarding the certification of conservation easement holders 

Meetings

The Conservation Easement Oversight Commission shall meet at least quarterly. Meetings are open to the public. Click on the date for a copy of the agenda, minutes (following their approval by the Commission), and other available material.

Commissioners

Members of the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission are volunteers with specific statutory qualifications. 

  • Peter Ericson, representing the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Program
  • John Swartout, representing the Department of Natural Resources
  • Cindy Lair, representing the Department of Agriculture
  • Sarah Parmar, representing a Certified Conservation Easement Holder, appointed by the Governor
  • Paul Holsinger, representing a Certified Conservation Easement Holder, appointed by the Governor
  • William Fales, an Individual Qualified to Analyze Conservation Purpose, appointed by the Governor
  • Jill Ozarski, a member of the general public, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives 
  • Lee Hancock, a member of the general public, appointed by the President of the Senate 

Members representing state agencies and/or programs are permanent and serve at the pleasure of the agency or program.

Members appointed by the Governor may serve up to two consecutive terms of two or three years, depending on the term of the initial appointment. They are selected from across Colorado and no more than two may be from the same political party.

Members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate each may serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. Both serve at the pleasure of the Speaker and the President, respectively.

 

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