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Federal Reforestation Deduction and Amortization

Qualified reforestation expenditures (or afforestation in the case of planting or seeding nonforested land) paid or incurred in a tax year to a maximum of $10,000 per qualified timber property (QTP) can be immediately deducted by all taxpayers, except trusts.

 

Energy Saver 101 Infographic - Home Cooling

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You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to high-efficiency air conditioners and taking other actions to lower your home cooling costs.

 

New England Forests - The Path to Sustainability

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New England’s forests are the ultimate green resource for sustainability. Right now they are an underappreciated, underutilized resource.

 

Home Solar Panels - Pros, Cons, and Hidden Costs

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Once limited to consumers with deep pockets and strong environmentalist values, solar panels are less expensive than ever.

 

Agricultural Act of 2014

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The Farm Bill was signed by the President and became law the first week in February, 2014. This law will provide certainty for producers and Americans through 2018.

 

Massachusetts Court Clarifies Forest Property Tax Exemption

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In the Massachusetts Supreme Court case New England Forestry Foundation v. Board of Assessors of Hawley the Court found that a parcel of forestland NEFF owns is eligible for a full exemption from property taxes.

 

Tools For Reducing High Property Taxes in Maine.

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Many owners of real estate in coastal Maine are facing dramatic increases in their property taxes as a result of municipal revaluations, especially those with shorefront or a water view.

 

Tara Wildlife Doing Business as a Sustainable Recreation Destination

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Renowned for its hunting, Tara Wildlife also offers birding, hiking and a well-equipped conference and recreation facility.

 

Forever Donation

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A landowner recently asked us: What is the best way to ensure that the land I donate is not sold? We put the question to the land trust community and it generated quite a bit of activity on the land trust listserv.

 

The Texas Wildlife Action Plan

Excerpts from the Texas Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) applicable to private landowners.

 

The Challenge of Maintaining Working Forests in 21st Century America

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Recently I made a presentation to the Society of American Foresters (SAF) at their annual conference. My overall theme was that working forests, not wilderness areas and parks, are the prospective foundations of our prosperity in the 21st century.

 

Bundle Of Rights Approach To Value

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The bundle of rights theory maintains that ownership of a parcel of real estate may embrace a great many rights, such as the right to its occupancy and use; the right to sell it in whole or in part; the right to bequeath; the right to transfer by contract for specified periods of time, the benefits to be derived by occupancy and use of the real estate.

 

Innovative Bill Passed in Maryland

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On April 5th, 2013 the Maryland General Assembly passed the Forest Preservation Act of 2013; HB 706, stating Maryland will have to maintain its current 40% of the state covered by tree canopy.

 

James Garner, NC State Forester, 2002 address on threats to state forests

A message from the North Carolina State Forester in December 11, 2002, James W. Garner, still prescient today. 

 

USDA Online Energy Estimator Tools

USDA provides tools online for estimating energy and potential savings from Tillage Nitrogen Irrigation Animal Housing

 

Water Resources - Not Just Water Quality – Gains Attention of Opponents to Hydraulic Fracturing

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  Hydraulic fracturing (commonly called “fracking”) is perhaps the single most controversial environmental issue of the day.

 

Amos' Reading List

Take a look through Amos' reading list.

 

What The Heck Is A WASCOB?

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A WASCOB or 'Water and Sediment Control Basin' is a series of embankments that store and slowly release runoff through underground outlets.

 

FANN launches new program to expand availability of native Asclepias

The Florida Milkweed Project is seeking native Asclepias populations on lands where seed collection can be readily permitted this summer/fall.

 

National Forest Management and its Impacts on Rural Economies and Communities

This public hearing by the House Committee on Agricultural discusses national forest management and it's impacts on rural economies and communities.

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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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