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Debra Wolf Goldstein

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Debra Wolf Goldstein
Conservation Matters, LLC
215-247-3105
7201 Sherman St
Philadelphia, PA
19119
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Services Provided

Legal and policy consulting with specialization in land conservation.

Conservation Transaction Attorneys

Bio

Debra Wolf Goldstein, Esq., is president of Conservation Matters, LLC, a law firm providing legal, policy, and strategic planning services to municipalities, landowners, and organizations in the land conservation field. Debra began her legal career as an attorney with Wolf Block in their litigation, real estate, and environmental departments. She served as Regional Advisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, overseeing park, recreation, and natural areas grants for southeastern Pennsylvania. She also served as General Counsel to the Heritage Conservancy, assisting with municipal funding initiatives and with the preservation of thousands of acres of woodlands, stream corridors, and agricultural lands. Debra currently chairs the Land Use Committee of Philadelphia’s newly formed Commission on Parks and Recreation, having previously served on the Fairmount Park Commission as vice president and Mayor Michael Nutter’s designee. She has written numerous scholarly and popular publications on open space and recreational liability issues; created an Internet website explaining the “how-to’s” of land protection; and has taught courses for state and national audiences relating to conservation easement enforcement, appraisals, record keeping, and conflicts of interest. Debra holds a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and graduated with a B.A. from Brown University. Publications: Public Dedication of Land and Fees-in-Lieu for Parks and Recreation http://conservationtools.org/guides/17 A Guide to Pennsylvania’s New Conservation and Preservation Easements Act, The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, October 2001 (Vol. LXXII, No. 4). Using Conservation Easements to Preserve Open Space http://conservationtools.org/library_items/9


Reference
Terry Mushovic
Neighborhood Gardens Association
(215) 988-8797
Reference
Jim Engel
Tinicum Conservancy
(610) 294-9069

Guide Listings

Public Dedication of Land and Fees-in-Lieu for Parks and Recreation
Goldstein coauthored the PALTA guide Public Dedication of Land and Fees-in-Lieu for Parks and Recreation.

Conservation Easement
Goldstein represents both landowners and holders in the preparation of easements.

Model Conservation Easement
Advisor to the first edition of PALTA's Model Grant of Conservation Easement & Commentary.

Reducing Liability Associated with Public Access
Goldstein authored PALTA's guide to Pennsylvania's Recreational Use of Land Water Act.

Pennsylvania's Recreational Use of Land and Water Act
Goldstein authored this guide.

Guide to the Conservation and Preservation Easements Act
Goldstein authored “A Guide to Pennsylvania’s New Conservation and Preservation Easements Act.”

Universal Access Trails and Shared Use Paths
Goldstein is coauthor of PALTA's guide to Universal Access Trails and Shared Use Paths.

Realty Transfer Tax
Goldstein authored this guide.

Property Tax Exemption for Preserves, Parks, Trails, and Other Conserved Lands
Debra Wolf Goldstein, Esq. coauthored this guide.

Library Items Authored

Public Dedication of Land and Fees-in-Lieu for Parks and Recreation: A Tool for Meeting Recreational Demands in Pennsylvania Municipalities
(print edition of the ConservationTools.org guide) Municipalities may require developers to provide parkland for new developments. They may also offer developers the option to instead pay fees, co...

Pennsylvania's Recreational Use of Land and Water Act: Statutory Protection for Property Owners Who Open Their Land to the Public
(print edition of the ConservationTools.org guide) Pennsylvania’s Recreational Use of Land and Water Act limits the liability, resulting from personal injury or property damage, of landowners who m...

Property Tax Exemption for Preserves, Parks, Trails, and Other Conserved Lands
Preserves, parks, trails, and other conserved lands in Pennsylvania are not automatically exempted from real estate taxes. If tax exemption is desired for a parcel, the charitable organization or ...

Universal Access Trails and Shared Use Paths: Design, Management, Ethical, and Legal Considerations
How can trail groups, local governments and land trusts responsibly plan, develop and operate trails that are accessible by all people, including those with limited mobility? What are best manageme...

Realty Transfer Tax: Exclusions for Conservation-Related Transactions in Pennsylvania
Many conservation-related property transactions are excluded from having to pay state and local realty transfer taxes in Pennsylvania. (print edition of the ConservationTools.org guide)

Using Conservation Easements to Preserve Open Space: A Guide for Pennsylvania's Municipalities
This 43 page publication provides an overview of conservation easements and outlines the steps involved in acquiring easements. It describes how municipalities can acquire easements or work in par...

Pennsylvania's Recreational Use of Land and Water Act
A two-page review of the liability protections provided by the Act and court decisions interpreting the Act.