Mr. Olmsted is the founder and supervising attorney of OlmstedLAW (formerly
Conservation & Preservation Counsel, LLC), a law firm dedicated to representing land
trusts, landowners and developers in real estate and and conservation easement
transactions. Mr. Olmsted received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Nevada at
Reno and his J.D. from the University of California at Davis School of Law (class of
1987). During law school he interned for Judge Edward C. Reed of the United States
District Court of Nevada. He then clerked for Justice Charles E. Springer on the Nevada
Supreme Court. Mr. Olmsted is an active member of the California, Nevada, Oregon, and
Washington state bar associations (by examination in each state), is admitted to the
United States District Courts of Nevada and Oregon and the United States Court of Appeals
for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Olmsted has been practicing zoning, land use, real estate, and
conservation easement law for twenty-five years. His experience includes representing
both major luxury golf and ski resort developers and public interest advocacy groups.

New Publication!

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The Future of Perpetuity: Conservation Easement Concerns in the 21st Century, The Long View: Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future Section (2011)

This brief article provides explanatory background material on the use of conservation easements to protect...

 

Essential Reading!

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Paradoxical Conservation and the Tragedy of Multiple Commons, Tulane Environmental Law (2009)

The article is seminal in that it proposes a new twist on the "Tragedy of...

 

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The Butterfly Effect: Conservation Easements, Climate Change, and Invasive Species, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review (2011)

This Article explains that one of the consequences of climate change will be migrations of...

 

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The Invisible Forest: Conservation Easement Databases and the End of the Clandestine Conservation of Natural Lands, Duke Journal of Law & Contemporary Problems (2011)

This article explains the history and features of the National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) that...

 

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Carbon Dieting: Latent Ancillary Rights to Carbon Offsets in Conservation Easements, Journal of Land Resources & Environmental Law (2009)

This timely article discusses the transfer of carbon offset rights in conservation easements. The article...

 

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Perpetuity, Latent Ancillary Rights, and Carbon Offsets in Global Warming Era Conservation Easements, Environmental Law Reporter (2009)

This article makes two recommendations regarding drafting global warming era conservation easements. The first recommendation...

 

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The Global Warming Crisis: An Analytical Framework to Regional Responses, Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation (2008)

This article begins the task of developing a conceptual framework to use in evaluating the...

 

Conservation Easements

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The Future of Perpetuity: Conservation Easement Concerns in the 21st Century, The Long View: Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future Section (2011)

This brief article provides explanatory background material on the use of conservation easements to protect...

 

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The Butterfly Effect: Conservation Easements, Climate Change, and Invasive Species, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review (2011)

This Article explains that one of the consequences of climate change will be migrations of...

 

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The Invisible Forest: Conservation Easement Databases and the End of the Clandestine Conservation of Natural Lands, Duke Journal of Law & Contemporary Problems (2011)

This article explains the history and features of the National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) that...

 

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Carbon Dieting: Latent Ancillary Rights to Carbon Offsets in Conservation Easements, Journal of Land Resources & Environmental Law (2009)

This timely article discusses the transfer of carbon offset rights in conservation easements. The article...

 

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Perpetuity, Latent Ancillary Rights, and Carbon Offsets in Global Warming Era Conservation Easements, Environmental Law Reporter (2009)

This article makes two recommendations regarding drafting global warming era conservation easements. The first recommendation...

 

Climate Change

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The Butterfly Effect: Conservation Easements, Climate Change, and Invasive Species, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review (2011)

This Article explains that one of the consequences of climate change will be migrations of...

 

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Carbon Dieting: Latent Ancillary Rights to Carbon Offsets in Conservation Easements, Journal of Land Resources & Environmental Law (2009)

This timely article discusses the transfer of carbon offset rights in conservation easements. The article...

 

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Perpetuity, Latent Ancillary Rights, and Carbon Offsets in Global Warming Era Conservation Easements, Environmental Law Reporter (2009)

This article makes two recommendations regarding drafting global warming era conservation easements. The first recommendation...

 

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Climate Surfing: A Conceptual Guide to Drafting Conservation Easements in the Age of Global Warming, St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary (2008)

This article is directed to the land trust community and to other individuals and organizations...

 

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The Global Warming Crisis: An Analytical Framework to Regional Responses, Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation (2008)

This article begins the task of developing a conceptual framework to use in evaluating the...

 

Land Use Law

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Handling the Land Use Case: A User's Manual for the Public Interest Attorney, Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation (2004)

This article explains the workings of land use and zoning and identifies and discusses the...

 

Environmental Law

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Paradoxical Conservation and the Tragedy of Multiple Commons, Tulane Environmental Law (2009)

The article is seminal in that it proposes a new twist on the "Tragedy of...