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Legal Defense And Enforcement Of Conservation Easements

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As the dawn of the next century approaches, the private land conservation movement in this country must prepare to face a daunting opponent—landowners and their challenges to the restrictions placed on their land.

 

Could Coalbed Methane Be the Death of Conservation Easements?

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This article explains that a charitable gift of a perpetual conservation easement should be treated like any other gift of property made for a specific charitable purpose—i.

 

A Constructive Reformist's Perspective on Voluntary Conservation Easements

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A Constructive Reformist's Perspective on Voluntary Conservation Easements by Nancy A. McLaughlin In an article written especially for the Ecosystem Marketplace, Nancy A.

 

Designing a Conservation Easement Amendment Policy

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How to can a land trust official identify and comply with legal restraints to amendment?  How can necessary flexibility be built into the easement document?  This paper reflects the earnest desire of an ardent conservationist to take full advantage of opportunities for flexibility that can be found within the law, recognizing that the needs of land ownership and the land itself, are by their nature subject to continual change.

 

Conservation practices for landlords

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IRS Guidance regarding deductions by individuals for qualified conservation contributions

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This notice provides guidance relating to the percentage limitations imposed by § 170(b)(1)(E) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) on qualified conservation contributions made by individuals.

 

On Saving Land & People: Why Conservation Needs New Guiding Principles

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New ideas for connecting land and people through conservation How can we make conservation more effective, not only for preserving land but also for nurturing community?  While we have saved millions of acres, Americans seem less connected to the land than ever before.

 

2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation

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The 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation was prepared as an introduction for fish and wildlife conservation providers – the on-the-ground biologists and conservation partners who help deliver Farm Bill conservation programs to landowners.

 

Outcomes in Conservation: Sage Grouse Initiative

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In 2010, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) designated the greater sage-grouse a Candidate species for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

 

Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard

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Nutrient Management is defined as the management of the 4R's of Nutrient Management:Right amount (rate), Right source, Right placement (method of application), Right timing of commercial fertilizers, manure, soil amendments, and organic by-products to agricultural landscapes as a source of plant nutrients while protecting local air, soil and water quality.

 

Achieving the triple bottom line in the face of inherent trade-offs among social equity, economic return, and conservation

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Triple–bottom-line outcomes from resource management and conservation, where conservation goals and equity in social outcomes are maximized while overall costs are minimized, remain a highly sought-after ideal.

 

Conservation Easements - A Troubled Adolescence

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The conservation easement is arguably the single most popular private land protection tool in this country today, and its use has increased dramatically (indeed, almost exponentially) over the past two and a half decades.

 

Meeting Regulatory Needs with Voluntary Conservation

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Take a look at a PowerPoint presentation on market-based approaches as a voluntary means to reduce the cost of compliance with environmental regulations.& ...

 

Developing Consensus on Conservation Easements on Managed Forestlands

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Over the past few years, there have been panel discussions at the National Land Trust Rally putting forward ideas on guiding principles for conservation easements on working forestlands.

 

Program Changes in the 2008 Farm Bill

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We’ve highlighted some program changes, key new provisions, as well as entirely new conservation and energy programs.  Without further ado, ...

 

Conservation Easements, Supply Agreements, & Green Certification

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Timberland transactions increasingly involve conservation easements, wood supply agreements, and green certification considerations. On the one hand, these features can reduce the price and total flexibility associated with timberland ownership.

 

Environmental Conservation Based on Individual Liberty and Economic Freedom

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America's primary environmental goal should be a cleaner, healthier, and safer environment for current and future generations. Yet, governing environmental laws have strayed far from intended purposes, and their implementations are imposing immense costs on Americans with few benefits in return.

 

Bottom-up Versus Top-down Land Conservation

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Land conservation can occur either through bottom-up grassroots organizing where local landowners take efforts to conserve the land that they treasure, or though top-down agency organization that can be an imposition on local landowners.

 

Conservation Easements on Land Need to be Thought Through

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About 10.6 million privately owned acres -- an area about twice the size of Connecticut -- now carry conservation easements. This land base is growing by more than one million acres annually.

 

NRCS Gulf of Mexico Initiative

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, in cooperation with our conservation partners, proposes the establishment of a landscape-based, coordinated effort to improve ecosystem health in the Gulf of Mexico and its associated watersheds.

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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