About The Conservation Resource Center
In 2000, the Conservation Resource Center established the Tax Credit Exchange, the nation’s first market for transferring conservation tax credits. Since then, the Tax Credit Exchange remains the most successful tax credit program in Colorado, having transferred more than all other facilitators combined.
The Conservation Resource Center is run by conservation attorneys who have over 30 years combined experience in land conservation law and policy. Each year, the Conservation Resource Center conservation attorneys conduct numerous workshops for landowners interested in conserving their property, typically in conjunction with a local land trust. Our conservation attorneys are also frequent lecturers at local, regional and national land conservation conferences.
Our Nonprofit Work
The Conservation Resource Center is a nonprofit land conservation organization that specializes in policy, research, outreach and education. In addition to iits Tax Credit Exchange Program, the conservation attorneys at the Center work to advance land conservation in Colorado and throughout the nation.
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Who We Are
Mike Strugar, Director
Mike is an attorney specializing in real estate law and land conservation techniques. He has a law degree, as well as a master's degree in Natural Resource Management, both from the University of Michigan. Mike practiced real estate law for ten years as an associate, and later partner, at Holme Roberts & Owen. In 1993 he established the Conservation Resource Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities and governmental entities deal with matters involving land conservation. Working in Colorado, he established the nation’s first functioning exchange for transferring Conservation Tax Credits, and has facilitated the transfer of nearly 1,500 credits. In 2002, he established a similar program for transferring Conservation Tax Credits in Virginia. He is an adjunct Professor of Law at University of Denver Law School, teaching courses in Land Conservation Law.
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Tina Burghardt, Program Manager
Tina is an attorney specializing in real estate law and land conservation. She was in private practice for 5 years before joining the Conservation Resource Center in 2004. She has a law degree from the University of Colorado and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California - Berkeley.
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