by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
That lawsuit about whether or not the “owner” of property in a conservation easement can build a horse riding course is now over. The loser, the property owner, will pay $37,500 in legal fees and undo the improvements he undertook before the easement inspectors discovered the violations of the designation. Conservation easements are a means of selling that portion of your soul you can express through the free exercise of property rights, in exchange for tax credits.