By Luke Von Esh
June 18, 2018
Conservation easement appraisals provide many benefits to the public. But the short supply of public conservation easement funding may mean their future is limited. Luke Von Esh, a Georgia appraiser with many years of experience under his belt, says while federal, state, and local governments often take the lead on conservation efforts and help purchase important lands, government conservation programs are limited and inadequately funded. To promote more conservation and protect sensitive lands, Congress has incentivized the charitable donation of a conservation easement.
Von Esh started performing these conservation easement appraisals in 2009, and as he got more and more comfortable writing these up, he was asked to do more. This area of appraising became his niche, as he put it. But Von Esh is concerned that conservation easements won’t be available to every property owner in the future.