Appraisals for conservation purposes require special training and certification above and beyond the norm for commercial appraisers or even MAIs. Any appraisal done for a tax deductible donation must be done to exacting IRS guidelines by an appraiser with training recognized by  the IRS. If federal funds are involved, the appraisal must meet an additional standard called UASFLA aka “Yellow Book”. I have appraised land for conservation in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, and in Indiana.

I received a Certificate of Completion for the Valuation of Conservation Easements certificate program, March 2008, as offered by

  • Appraisal Institute
  • American Society of Appraisers
  • American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

and endorsed by the Land Trust Alliance. This certificate indicates that I have the completed the Valuation of Conservation Easements educational requirements and passed the examination.

I received a Certificate of Completion for Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (aka Yellow Book) in August 2012.

I have consulted or completed appraisals for these holders of conservation easements or their donors:


LAND TRUST Town, State
Brookline Conservation Commission (BCC) Brookline, NH
Trust for Public Land (TPL) Concord, NH
Dunstable Rural Land Trust (DRLT) Dunstable, MA
Hollis Conservation Commission (HCC) Hollis, NH
Greater Lovell Land Trust GLLT) Lovell, ME
Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust (CCLT) Cumberland, ME
Great Works Regional Land Trust (GWRLT) S Berwick, ME
Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire (SELTNH) Exeter, NH
Upper Saco Valley Land Trust (USVLT) Conway, NH
Falmouth Land  Trust (FLT) Falmouth, ME
Francis Small Heritage Trust  (FSHT) Limerick, ME
US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Hadley, MA
Monadnock Conservancy (MC) Keene, NH
Walpole Conservation Commission (WCC) Walpole, NH
Sharon Conservation Commission (SCC) Sharon, NH
The York Land Trust (YLT) York, ME
Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust (ASLPT) New London, NH
Western Foothills Land Trust (WFLT) Norway, ME
Harris Center For Conservation Education (HCCE) Hancock, NH
Pemi-Baker Land Trust (PBLT) Lincoln, NH
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) Concord, NH
State of Vermont, Agency of Natural Resources (VNR) Montpelier, VT
Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) Montpelier, VT
Loon Echo Land Trust (LELT) Bridgton, ME
Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) Alfred, ME
Madison Conservation Commission (MCC) Madison, NH
Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust (MATLT) Portland, ME
Westford Conservation Commission (WCC) Westford, MA
Small Woodlot Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM) Augusta, ME
Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) Belfast, ME
Blue Heron Ministries (BHM) Allen, IN
Kestrel Land Trust (KLT) Amherst, MA

I have had the privilege and pleasure of playing a small part in the conservation of some beautiful land in New England with over 75 appraisals.

My conservation appraisal work has covered 12,000 acres, seven miles of lake or pond frontage, and eight miles of river or brook frontage. A total of 269 houses cannot be built.

Chet Rogers, MAI

March, 2017