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Bar News - December 17, 2010

Bar Foundation News: Grant Helps Fund Easement Guide

A Bar Foundation grant from the 2010 (last year’s) grant-making cycle helped fund the production and distribution of a guide to amending conservation easements.

Amending or Terminating Conservation Easements: Conforming to State Charitable Trust Requirements is available from the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Copies may be purchased from the Forest Society for $5 or downloaded at no charge.

A grant from the J. Albert & Mildred E. Lynch Fund of the NH Bar Foundation, along with support from McLane, Graf, Raulerson and Middleton, P.A.; Peter W. Powell and the Governor Wesley Powell Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, supported the distribution of the publication. The Forest Society mailed printed copies to all New Hampshire land trusts and communities with conservation commissions – approx. 275 total – as well as to 520 NHBA members in the Real Property Law and Environmental Law sections.

"This book is designed to help land use attorneys, conservation commissions, and land trusts better understand the circumstances under which a conservation easement might be amended," said Paul Doscher, vice president for land conservation at the Forest Society. "It includes detailed information about charitable trust requirements, the criteria that must be met in order to amend a conservation easement, and the steps to take when working through the amendment process with the Attorney General’s office."

The publication was prepared through the collaborative efforts of the Forest Society, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, and University of Utah College of Law Professor Nancy A. McLaughlin.

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