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Many older Land trusts hold easements executed prior to 1986. At that time, the IRS did not require baseline documentation reports. We are now catching up on some of our backlog of incomplete baseline documents. I would like to pose this question to other Land trusts who have done baseline for easements that have been in place for more than 10 years: When completing the baseline documentation report, how have you changed the format/content due to the timing of the report's completion?

Director of Stewardship Programs
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
54 Portsmouth St., Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603)224-9945x317 fax: (603)228-0423


I'll let the land trusts provide you with information on the ways of referring to the baseline report in the easement document. I am a private conservation consultant who is contracted to complete baseline inventories for land trusts. At this web address is an example of our baseline inventory
template: http://www.abovetimberline.com/service_inventory.htm  (info below)
Hope you find this helpful.

Columbine Conservation Consultants, LLC
Hillside, Colorado 81232
Ph: 719-783-2058
eFax: 413-451-8395
Page me: http://www.icq.com/5264286




Columbine Conservation Consultants, LLC (CCC) is available to provide conservation evaluations for private, public and non-profit landowners. We are able to assist land trusts and other conservation easement holding entities by providing baseline inventories, which satisfy the requirements of the IRS (Small, 1986) and funding organizations for conservation

CCC follows the accepted methodology as described by Diehl and Barrett (1988) as well as Lind (1991). Each report is unique and will address and document those resources the easement is designed to protect. Additional documentation may be included addressing specific needs of the land owner and/or land trust.

The means to document conservation evaluations will utilize the following: Summary of the conservation values of the easement. This forms the basis of the report.
A collection of maps that depict property boundaries, manmade improvements, unique natural features, soil types and photo-points. Also included will be a USGS topographical map (7.5 minute scale). On-site photographs (4x6", 35mm) keyed to fixed points which show all manmade improvements and unique natural features. The fixed points allow specific reference for yearly monitoring visits. Natural resource descriptions including soil survey, biological inventories,
hydrological reports, agricultural resources, and natural features of interest to the public.

CCC will provide one initial draft report for review by the landowner, attorney designate, and the land trust or other easement holding entity. An electronic version of the draft will be available via email. CCC will provide three copies of the final report, one for the landowner, one for the
attorney designate, and one for the easement holding entity. CCC will also retain one copy for its records. CCC can provide additional copies of the final report, at additional cost. Text of the report will also be provided on 3.5" floppy disk in MS Word format. The final report will be firmly bound and printed on acid free paper to assure long life. It is recommended that the easement holding entity store the original report in a safe location and use a photocopy for monitoring.

Columbine Conservation Consultants, LLC
P.O. Box 94, Hillside, CO 81232
Phone 719-783-2058
eFax 413-451-8395
Email: conservation@abovetimberline.com