LandCAN Library

Use the Land Conservation Assistance Network Library as your resource for land conservation education and reference.

There are a growing number of educational articles written by experienced land conservation and management professionals to elevate your knowledge of private lands conservation today.

More than just conservation.

Topics on Tax and Estate Planning specific to your real estate assets and land management objectives are addressed in the Library. Learn more about how to pass on your property to younger generations. Learn the ins and outs of how to spare your property from sprawl development and keep it in the family.

 

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The Private Lands Opportunity: The Case for Conservation Incentives

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Given the right incentives, private landowners can play a pivotal role in achieving many of the nation's conservation goals. Recovering rare species, restoring degraded habitats, and improving the quality of water in our rivers and streams are just a few of the goals that are clearly within our reach if we enlist the nation's private landowners as partners in the task.

 

Saving Open Space in Suburbia: The Application of the Governmental Policy Test

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This article explores the application of conservation easements in a suburban context of the "clearly delineated governmental policy' test under Section 170(h)(4)(A)(iii)(II) of the code in meeting the "conservation purposes" test of code Section 170(h)(1)(C).

 

Conservation Easements: Donor Beware

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Conservation easements have garnered significant attention and gained popularity over the last few years due in part to the availability of federal tax deductions and Virginia state tax credits associated with conservation easements.

 

Hypothetical: How a Conservation Easement Works

A simple example illustrates how a conservation easement works in practice. Let’s assume pressure from buyers building vacation homes has pushed the value of land up in recent years to the point where the family is concerned about how the next generation will pay the estate tax bill without selling the land.

 

Backyard Conservation: Bringing Conservation From the Countryside to Your Backyard

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In this publication,  you’ll see practices  used to conserve and  improve natural  resources on agricultural  land across the country.& ...

 

Backyard Conservation: Water Conservation

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Save water with efficient systems and healthy plants. One in a series of 10 tip sheets on backyard conservation.

 

Getting Paid for Stewardship: An Agricultural Community Water Quality Trading Guide

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Agricultural producers are finding opportunities to get paid for their stewardship activities through water quality trading. Generally, they sell the amount of nutrients or sediment reduced by conservation practices.

 

Natural Resources Credit Trading Reference

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The purpose of the NRCS Natural Resource Credit Trading Reference is to provide an understanding of how environmental credit trading can be used to increase the provision of conservation and ecosystem services by agriculture.

 

Potawatomi Resource Conservation & Development Council: Strategic Plan 2012

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This strategic plan will guide the Potawatomi Resource Conservation & Development Council over the next five years as we transform into a more regional, responsive, and collaborative organization.

 

Backyard Conservation: Wetland

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Wetlands filter excess pesticides and nutrients. Many plants and animals find a home in wetlands. One in a series of 10 tip sheets on backyard conservation.

 

Backyard Conservation: Wildlife Habitat

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Make a home for birds, butterflies, and nature's other creatures. One in a series of 10 tip sheets on backyard conservation.

 

Backyard Conservation: Composting

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Composting turns household  wastes into valuable fertilizer  and soil organic matter. One in a series of 10 tip sheets on backyard conservation.

 

Backyard Conservation: Mulching

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Mulching enriches and protects soil, helping provide a better growing environment. One in a series of 10 tip sheets on backyard conservation.

 

Backyard Conservation: Nutrient Management

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Apply only the nutrients plants can use. Twenty nutrients have been identified that are required by plants. Of these, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are required in relatively large amounts.

 

Backyard Conservation: Backyard Pond

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A pond or water garden will likely become the focal point for all your backyard conservation.  One in a series of 10 tip sheets on backyard conservation.

 

Backyard Conservation: Pest Management

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Early detection and treatment of pests means a healthier growing environment. One in a series of 10 tip sheets on backyard conservation.

 

Backyard Conservation: Terracing

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Use terraces to make flower and vegetable gardening possible on steep slopes, or simply to add interest to your landscape. One in a series of 10 tip sheets on backyard conservation.

 

Backyard Conservation: Tree Planting

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Trees add beauty and so much more. One in a series of 10 tip sheets on backyard conservation.

 

Backyard Conservation pages 1-14

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Conservation practices that have been shown to help conserve and improve natural resources on agricultural land across the country are scaled down for homeowners.

 

Backyard Conservation, pages 15-28

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Conservation practices that have been shown to help conserve and improve natural resources on agricultural land across the country are scaled down for homeowners.

Search our Partner Database of Conservation Success Stories

Cooperative Conservation AmericaWhat is Cooperative Conservation America? CCA is a public forum for collecting and sharing the cooperative conservation stories, lessons, models and achievements of all Americans. It provides citizen conservationists from every walk of life an opportunity to contribute to, and learn from, a common pool of conservation knowledge, tools, and practices - a cumulative and evolving database of information that will advance citizen stewardship, foster community-based conservation, encourage and support the vital role of private lands and landowners, and expand and strengthen shared governance in the care and conservation of America's lands, waters, and wildlife.

 

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