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Can conservation easements help my heirs save money on estate taxes?

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By donating a conservation easement, you are eligible not only for an immediate financial reward from state tax credits and federal deductions, but you can also save money on estate taxes for generations to come.

 

What Do I Do With My Conservation Easement Tax Credits?

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Now that you’ve received your tax credit certificate, you must decide what to do with your credits. You have several choices: Use it to pay your Colorado income tax.

 

A step-by-step guide to donating a conservation easement

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This guide is meant to help you understand the steps that must be completed to conserve your property and the typical costs that are involved.

 

Donate a conservation easement: How federal benefits put money in your pocket!

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In addition to the Colorado credit, landowners can receive an extra reward for conserving their land with a conservation easement. The current rules are not yet permanent, so please keep that in mind as you and your advisors make plans for your taxes.

 

Understanding When Perpetual Is Not Forever: An Update To The Challenge Of Changing Conditions, Amendment, And Termination Of Perpetual Conservation Easements, And Response To Ann Taylor Schwing

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Rarely in the legal discourse is an author afforded the opportunity to revisit and update a recently published law review article and to correct misunderstandings of a response thereto.

 

Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands

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The purpose of our Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands effort is to catalyze proactive, voluntary, and community-led sagebrush rangeland conservation – expanding success across private and public lands.

 

Perpetuity is Forever, Almost Always: Why It Is Wrong To Promote Amendment and Termination of Perpetual Conservation Easements

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When a landowner makes a charitable gift of a conservation easement to a nonprofit organization or government entity and elects to seek a federal tax deduction, both landowner and easement holder are subject to federal tax laws and regulations governing the creation, monitoring, amendment, and extinguishment of the easement.

 

Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy for Oregon - A Plan to Maintain and Enhance Populations and Habitat

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Plan describes Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s management of greater sage-grouse and provides guidance to public land management agencies and land managers for sage-grouse conservation.

 

NRCS Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative

In November of 2009, Secretary Vilsack announced a commitment of $320 million over the next four years for a Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative to address water quality, wildlife habitat and natural resource conservation concerns in the Basin.& ...

 

Conserving Greater Sage-Grouse - A Sportsmen's Priority

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The Backcountry Hunters and Anglers' Report on the Greater-Sage Grouse shows how Wyoming got Sage-Grouse conservation right by getting everyone around the table.& ...

 

Tools for Helping Imperiled Wildlife on Private Lands

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This booklet provides information for citizen stewards and landowners, who embody President Bush’s vision of cooperative conservation—a vision built upon innovation, local ideas, inspiration and incentives, and on-the-ground action.

 

Best Management Practices for Solar and Wind Energy Development - A Conservationist’s Guide

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Best Management Practices provide science-based criteria and standards that land managers and conservation planners follow in making and implementing decisions about human uses and projects that affect our natural resources.

 

Farmers, ranchers work to conserve biggest aquifer in the US

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The conservation efforts taken by farmers and ranchers have helped decrease the water withdrawn from the Ogallala Aquifer by more than 280 billion gallons over the past four years and are expected to continue contributing to the aquifer's health in the future.

 

USDA Technical Service Providers

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The 2002 Farm Bill. authorized USDA to use Technical Service Providers (TSPs) The premise behind Technical Service Providers is that the demand for assistance to do conservation work is increasing and will exceed the current staffing capacity of the NRCS.

 

Working Together - Tools for Helping Imperiled Wildlife on Private Lands

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This booklet provides information for citizen stewards and landowners, who embody President Bush’s vision of cooperative conservation—a vision built upon innovation, local ideas, inspiration and incentives, and on-the-ground action.

 

Fish and Wildlife Management A Handbook for Mississippi Landowners

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A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO ENCOURAGING FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION, LAND MANAGEMENT, AND MAXIMUM ENJOYMENT OF RESOURCES Featuring over five hundred illustrations and forty tables, this book is a collection of in-depth discussions by a tremendous range of experts on topics related to wildlife and fisheries management in Mississippi.

 

Farmers, Ranchers Mitigate Impacts of Drought with Good Planning

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USDA’s NRCS is helping to mitigate impacts of drought across the nation. With good drought plans and conservation systems, farmers and ranchers are better equipped to manage dry and other extreme weather.

 

Using the 2010 Arkansas Phosphorus Index

This 14-pager from the Univ. of Arkansas Div. of Agriculture summarizes the Arkansas P Index, or API, adopted by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission effective Jan.

 

A Collsion of Visions -The truth about the woods

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Rural America and the rest of the nation are experiencing a collision of visions. Rural Americans seek the conservation of their natural resources in combination with economic stability, while urban American visitors to these lands use political pressure to keep these lands pristine.

 

Unlocking the Economic Potential of Your Woodlot

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If you’re interested in long-term woodlot management, this article investigates the benefits of silviculture and the idea that forest management considers the trees that are left growing after a timber sale are just as important as the trees that are cut.

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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