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

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.


Amending or Terminating Conservation Easements: The New Hampshire Experience

Since their release in 2010, the Guidelines have been useful to the land trust community and to the New Hampshire Attorney General in facilitating a thorough and efficient review of proposed amendments to, as well as partial extinguishments of, conservation easements.


Enforcing Perpetual Conservation Easements Against Third-Party Violators

Among the most daunting challenges the holder of a perpetual conservation easement faces is the enforcement of the easements it holds, for all time, and against all violators.& ...


Conservation Easement Reform: As Maine Goes Should the Nation Follow

This article explores how the Reform Law has worked and whether it makes sense as a model for other states in response to weaknesses in their enabling laws.


How to receive conservation assistance from NRCS

Do you farm or ranch and want to make improvements to the land that you own or lease? NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners.


Using the Conservation Tax Incentive

This short brochure summarizes the conservation easement tax incentive and provides answers to some frequently asked questions. For the late ...


Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative

The Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative was launched by WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov.


Cooperative Conservation - Determinants of Landowner Engagement in Conserving Endangered Species

This paper analyzes surveys of private landowners to identify factors that determine landowner engagement in the conservation of endangered species.


Western Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan

Concurrent with the status review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) have actively promoted collaborative efforts across state, organizational, and landownership boundaries to address threats and opportunities facing monarchs and other pollinators.


Private lands are the next battleground in state conservation policy

Interest from owners wanting to set aside their property for conservation has increased in the past few years. Many conservation land trusts that have seen a spike in interest over the past few years.


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

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

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.


Tool For Assessment And Treatment Of Reforested Bottomland Hardwood Stands On Wetland Reserve Easements

This document was developed by a working group of the Tristate Conservation Partnership (TCP) at the request of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.& ...


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

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

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

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

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.


Working Lands for Wildlife magazine: A Partnership for Conserving Landscapes, Communities and Wildlife

Through Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the NRCS has created a win-win model of private lands conservation that benefits wildlife and people that now includes conservation efforts focused on 19 diverse landscapes in 48 states.


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

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.

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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