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State Trust Lands in the West, Updated Edition

Fiduciary Duty in a Changing Landscape

Peter W. Culp, Andy Laurenzi, Cynthia C. Tuell, and Alison Berry

July 2015, English

This comprehensive report offers state trust land managers the latest strategies for asset management, residential and commercial development, conservation use, and collaborative planning. Land managers will learn how to fulfill their trust responsibilities while producing larger revenues for trust benefficiaries, accomodating public interests, and more.

This is an updated edition of a report originally published in 2006.

About the Authors

Peter W. Culp is a partner with Squire Patton Boggs in Phoenix, Arizona. He was formerly project manager at the Sonoran Institute for the State Trust Lands Project and the Institute’s attorney for programs.

Andy Laurenzi is the Southwest Field Representative for Archaeology Southwest where he manages the cultural resource protection efforts in Arizona and New Mexico. He was formerly the director of the Land and Water Policy Program for the Sonoran Institute.

Cynthia C. Tuell is a law clerk for the Honorable Jan Kearney in the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County. As an intern with the Sonoran Institute’s State Trust Lands Project, she conducted research on issues related to the management of state trust lands.

Alison Berry is the energy and economics specialist at the Sonoran Institute, where her work focuses on land use issues in the West. Prior to joining Sonoran, she was a research fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), with a concentration on natural resource economics, forestry, and public land management.


Conservation, Conservation Easements, Development, Easements, Environment, Environmental Management, Environmental Planning, Ethics, Farm Land, Forest Land, Intermountain West, Land Market Monitoring, Land Monitoring, Land Trusts, Land Use, Land Use Ethics, Land Use Planning, Natural Resources, Open Space, Public Policy, Smart Growth, Urban Sprawl