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Local conservation professional selected as Middle Park Land Trust’s new executive director

Carse Pustmueller, a biologist who has specialized in Colorado land preservation issues for the past 30 years, has been selected as the new executive director of the Middle Park Land Trust.

Pustmueller holds a doctorate in biology from the University of Colorado.

She has served as the state director of the Colorado Natural Areas Program in the Department of Natural Resources, the regional director of National Audubon Society’s National Platte River Campaign and, most recently, the science director of the Conservation Easement Center.

Pustmueller has been involved with the Middle Park Land Trust for many years, as a past board member, a conservation easement donor, and a consultant.

“I’m honored to apply my passion for and extensive experience in land conservation to the Grand County landscape – my favorite place in the world to live and work,” said Pustmueller, who has resided in Grand County for 20 years.

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The land trust has recently been awarded state certification by the Division of Real Estate, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. To date, 29 conservation organizations have been state certified; all of them were thoroughly evaluated in accordance with Colorado law passed in 2008.

About the land trust

Middle Park Land Trust helps landowners protect their property with conservation easements, a legal agreement between a landowner and the land trust that permanently protects a property’s conservation values while leaving the land in private ownership. Conservation property must be relatively undeveloped and provide scenic open space, important habitat for plants and animals and/or recreational opportunities, or have historical significance.

Landowners who donate some or all of their development rights to the land trust to protect land for the public’s benefit usually are entitled to state and federal tax credits and deductions. Certification gives Middle Park Land Trust the authority to record conservation easements for which landowners will request state tax credits.

MPLT is currently working with several landowners hoping to record their conservation easements by December 31, 2010. For 2010 there is no statewide annual limit on Colorado conservation easement tax credits.

For easements completed in years 2011, 2012 and 2013, donors seeking tax credits will be subject to state legislation passed in 2010 (HB-1197) that places a statewide annual limit of $26 million on conservation tax credits that can be claimed for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Support for land trust comes from members, donors, events, and grants from local communities, the Grand Foundation, the Grand County Board of County Commissioners, The Summit Foundation and other local and state funding sources.

For more information about the Middle Park Land Trust or to make a donation, please call 970-887-1177, visit http://www.middleparklandtrust.org, or stop by the office at 52 North First Street in Granby.

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