Pursuant to sections 12-15-103 & 106, C.R.S., the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission is an eight-member body whose mission is to:
Determine whether a conservation easement donation for which a tax credit is claimed is a "qualified conservation contribution" as defined in Internal Revenue Code section 170(h)
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
The Conservation Easement Oversight Commission shall meet at least quarterly. Meetings are open to the public.
Members of the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission are volunteers with specific qualifications set forth in section 12-15-103(1), C.R.S..
- Courtney Bennett, representing the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Program
- Tim Mauck, representing the Department of Natural Resources
- Hollis Glenn, representing the Department of Agriculture
- Carmen Farmer, 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.