Wild About Colorado Art and Outdoor Festival is coming July 17-19! Save the dates! Happy 20th Birthday to CDLT!
Join us in July in Breckenridge for our Wild About Colorado Art & Outdoor Festival. See below for more information about the event.
Phantom Ranch Ball: Thank you to everyone who stayed home for our non-event on April 1st. Congratulations to Cecile Warner, the winner of the Door Prize drawing of Late for Haying - Phantom Ranch 2014 by Summit County artist Joanne Hanson, shown here.
Joanne will also be painting with us for the Wild About Colorado event.
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Happy Birthday to Continental Divide Land Trust! We celebrate our 20th anniversary in May 2014. Several activities are planned to celebrate this milestone, with a "Coming of Age" party planned for our 21st birthday a year from now.
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Wild About Colorado Art & Outdoor Festival
July 17-19, 2014, Carter Park Pavilion, Breckenridge
We are looking for volunteers and sponsors to help make the 2014 Wild About Colorado Festival the best yet! Just Announced: Birding tour with experts Hugh and Urling Kingery on Friday morning, July 18. Watercolor Painting Workshop with Ann Weaver, Saturday morning, July 19 Introduction to Plein Air Painting - all abilities welcome, with Kim Barrick on Thursday, July 17 This year's artists are: Ann Weaver, Kim Barrick, Sandi Bruns, Rita Cirillo, Marianna Duford, Beth Erlund, Terri Gortmaker, Joanne Hanson, Jeanne Hougen, Diane Johnston, Debby McAllister, Karen Ramsay, Marty Rhode, Cheryl St. John, Emily Wahl, Ginger Whellock, and event judge Tim Deibler
Update on Colorado's Conservation Tax Credit Program for 2014.Senate Bill 13-221 and House Bill 13-1183 were signed into law on May 23, 2013. These bills provide several changes to Colorado’s conservation easement tax credit program and provide for a sustained and streamlined program for Colorado taxpayers and peace-of-mind for conservation tax credit certificate holders, sellers and buyers. These legislative changes are effective January 1, 2014. House Bill 13-1183 extends the tax credit cap beyond 2013 and increases the annual cap to $45 million. The extension of the cap provides that there is no gap for being able to claim a credit beyond. Senate Bill 13-221 provides for several changes to the tax credit program, including the implementation of a formal tax credit approval process and the elimination of the “use it or lose it” provision for tax credits issued on or after January 1, 2014. The Division of Real Estate (DRE) will be responsible for approving a conservation easement donation and the tax credit associated with that donation. Certainty: Any conservation easement donation made on or after January 1, 2014, for which a tax credit certificate is issued, DOR can no longer disallow a credit based on the appraisal, the conservation purposes or any other requirements that are under the jurisdiction of DRE or the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission. Landowners seeking to claim a conservation easement tax credit must apply to DRE for a tax credit certificate. DRE, in conjunction with the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission (CEOC), will review the application and documents and either issue an approval and tax credit certificate, or identify deficiencies. Landowners may also submit a proposed conservation easement donation to DRE to obtain a preliminary advisory opinion. With the new certainty comes higher costs. Landowners will be required to pay fees for the review of the conservation easement transaction. Many tax credit brokers are offering loans or waivers of these fees. Thank you to the following tax credit brokers for their assistance with this article: Jody Barbour from Conservation Tax Credit Transfer, Ariel Steele from Tax Credit Connection, and Tina Burghardt from Conservation Resource Center.
Volunteer Opportunities with CDLT
Are you interested in being more involved with CDLT?
We are always in need of volunteers. Opportunities include assisting with monitoring of the conservation easements we hold, helping with events, photography and more.
We have begun preparations for the 2014 Wild About Colorado Festival and are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping us coordinate the event in advance, of help the days of.
If you are interested, please contact CDLT's executive director Leigh Girvin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-453-3875.
Thank you for your support of Continental Divide Land Trust!