K·Coe Conservation

K·Coe Conservation is a project of K·Coe Isom. K·Coe Conservation is the hub of a national network of farmers, ranchers and landowners, energy companies and developers who want to cooperatively create private-land conservation projects. If you are an oil and gas company, renewable energy company, transmission line owner or another type of developer, it’s likely you will need habitat mitigation and wetland credits. K·Coe Conservation works in partnership with many state agricultural organizations to help you access these markets. If you are a farmer, rancher or non-producing landowner, you can access another stream of income through these mitigation areas or conservation easements. The greater sage-grouse situation in 11 Western US states is one such opportunity to preserve a habitat and a species while keeping important development projects in the balance.

K·Coe Conservation pairs landowners with developers and other conservation buyers for an efficient and targeted system.

Board of Advisors

Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Member of Congress

Steve Williams, Wildlife Management Institute, former Director U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Laura Davis, former Chief of Staff, U.S. Dept. of Interior

Jim Magagna, Executive Vice President of WY Stock Growers Association

Rod Nelson, former Chair of Schlumberger Technology Corporation

Dave Nomsen, Vice President, Pheasants Forever

Tod Sedgwick, founder of online energy publication Io Energy

Steve Bachar, Attorney with Moye White and Co-Founder of Empowerment Capital Management

Doug Thomas, Chief Investment Officer, Fortress Partners Fund at Fortress Investment Group

Katie Distler Eckman, former President of the Turner Foundation and Member of the Board of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP)

Partnering Organizations

Montana Stockgrowers Association


Landowners across the country are being approached by companies that need to mitigate the environmental impacts of their projects by purchasing conservation credits on agricultural lands. “Conservation credit” is a broad term that covers a range of activities that produce positive environmental results, like restoring wildlife habitat or wetlands, or creating conservation easements.

A conservation credit is a defined environmental benefit that can be sold on the open market. If you’re a business, you can purchase these credits, which are created by building, restoring, or protecting resources off-site on farms, ranches, or private timberlands. Conservation credits can also be an important source of revenue for farmers, ranchers, and other landowners.

Depending on the needs of the buyer, conservation credits can be permanent and coupled with a conservation easement or they may be shorter 10-, 20-, or 30-year agreements.


State and/or federal land-management agencies require project developers—involved in oil and gas production, wind and solar energy projects, pipelines, and transmission lines—to conduct wildlife habitat mitigation on projects that impact habitat for certain species. Here’s how it works:

For Developers

You, the project developer, meet your obligation by paying a landowner for habitat mitigation credits. Then, you get credit for preserving wildlife habitat and can move your project forward.

For Farmers, Ranchers and Landowners

If  you’re a farmer, rancher or other landowner, K·Coe Conservation helps you develop a revenue stream from your land through conservation credits. As an added benefit, higher-quality habitat can improve the natural beauty of your property and create outdoor recreation opportunities—further increasing your land value.

In the West for greater sage-grouse alone, it is estimated there will be roughly $1 billion in demand for habitat mitigation credits by developers over the next 20 years


For a complimentary property screening:

  1. Click here to enroll your property, using the K·Coe Conservation Opportunity Screening Inventory.
    1. Locate your property on the map by inputting your address in the Search field, zooming in on the map, or using your current location if you are at your ranch.
    2. Once you’ve found your property on the map, use the drawing tool to draw a point on your property or to outline the boundaries of your property.
    3. Complete and submit basic information about you and your land.
    4. Note: You information remains confidential and you can have it removed it at any time.
    5. This tool is not compatible with Internet Explorer versions 7 or older. We recommend using IE8 or greater, Chrome, Safari or Firefox. Not sure what browser you’re using? Try whatbrowser.org.
  2. We will screen your land, and based on its location, let you know if there may be a market for conservation projects in your area. If there is, we will present habitat mitigation opportunities for your consideration as they become available.
  3. You decide whether to undertake a project and which conservation projects you want to host.
  4. If you are eligible and interested, K·Coe Conservation can guide you through preparing credits, matching you with prospective buyers, and negotiating with developers on your behalf so you maximize your gains and develop a project that works for you.

No strings attached. Confidentiality guaranteed.

K·Coe Conservation: pairs landowners with developers and other conservation buyers for an efficient and targeted system.

Contact Brian Kuehl to find out more about K·Coe Conservation and how to generate revenue through conservation credits.



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