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Legal Considerations for Amending Conservation Easements


For some conservation practitioners, a cloud hangs over discussions of amending grants of conservation easement. Indeed, the confluence of legal principles and authorities affecting these decisions makes caution necessary. However, armed with a clear understanding of the formal rules—and the concepts that underpin them—​land trusts can confidently advance conservation, even by amendment.

This session will offer an organized overview of the legal and kind-of-legal authorities that bear on these decisions: state law, the Internal Revenue Code, Standards & Practices, accreditation, and the grant of easement text. This session precedes the publication of updated WeConservePA guidance on this topic. Attendee questions, comments, and feedback will inform WeConservePA efforts to maximize the usefulness of forthcoming guidance.

$25.00 (free for WeConservePA members) | $15 Continuing Legal Education Fee (Optional)


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Justin Hollinger | Director of Conservation Law, WeConservePA

Justin Hollinger joined WeConservePA in 2023. A member of the PA Bar, Justin provides legal resources to PA land conservation organizations. His projects include maintaining and updating WeConservePA’s library of model documents and resources, providing legal education, facilitating ongoing cooperation between land conservation attorneys and land conservation personnel, and providing direct legal services.

Prior to joining WeConservePA, Justin represented Pennsylvania affordable housing nonprofits in complex real estate transactions. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Temple University.




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