Colorado has created a grand experiment using private markets to preserve open space through a transferable state income tax credit.
| Land Conservation | Deal Structure, Facilitation/Negotiation, Marketing
Ariel Steele is a former attorney who decided to “save the world through land conservation”. After working as a lawyer at a Los Angeles law firm and then for the Palauan government on a small Micronesian island, she decided to ditch practicing law and work directly to help preserve the places she loves in this world. Ariel soon found out that her skills are more related to real estate, problem solving, connecting people, and running a small business. In 1999, she started helping landowners in Boulder County, Colorado put conservation easements on their properties. In 2005, she began working for the company she now owns, Tax Credit Connection, Inc., which transfers conservation and other environmental tax credits for Colorado and New Mexico state income tax. Tax Credit Connection helps landowners through the conservation easement process and then works with buyers of the credits (and their advisors) to close the deals. When she isn’t saving land or hiking, you can find Ariel gardening, camping with her husband Tom, or planning her next business venture.