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Conservation Easements, Supply Agreements, & Green Certification

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

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

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

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.


Regenerative Agriculture

Watch and listen as this expert panel discusses the current state of agriculture and conservation in today's world. Moderated by Alex Echols this panel provides insight and information on the current state of agricultural practices.


Forestry: Western Fires and Prescribed Fires

Watch and listen to a discussion by the EarthX Conservation Forestry Panel talking about current issues on western fires and prescribed burning.


Conservation Easements and the 2010 Roth Conversion - A symbiotic relationship

It may come as a shock, but there is a sort of symbiotic relationship at work between property owners with conservation easements and the IRS.


Conservation Easements - A Troubled Adolescence

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.


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

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.


Rangeland Management and Pollinators

Incorporating pollinator conservation into your rangeland management may not require large-scale changes, but rather a shift to a broader view of rangelands as permanent habitat for creatures large and small.


Transferring Wealth through Land Conservation

The United States is about to experience its largest-ever intergenerational transfer of wealth: more than $10 trillion are expected to change hands in the next 10 to 20 years.


Test your knowledge of Conservation Purposes

It is important to emphasize that not every easement restricting the future development of property will meet the tax law requirements. The tax law requires that the gift be for conservation purposes. A ...


Conservation Buffers on your Land

Considering conservation buffers on your land?  The USDA has 250,000 or more buffer contracts with about 160,000 farms and ranches. They may be a good choice for your land and for the environment.


Let’s Get Serious About Conservation

This Farm and Dairy article explains how conservation is a journey for our country.


Farm Foundation puts farm, land conservation future on same page

The foundation report took three years to compile and includes the thoughts of leaders in agriculture, forestry and conservation to identify land challenges today and in the years ahead.


Fifth annual cover crop survey results

The 2016-2017 cover crop survey report from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is now available.& ...


Protecting The Public Interest And Investment In Conservation - A Response To Professor Korngold’s Critique Of Conservation Easements

The use of conservation easements as a land-protection tool has grown considerably over the past several decades, and with that growth has come criticism from a variety of sources.


Sustainable Grazing Lands Providing a Healthy Environment - Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative Strategic Plan 2010-2015

This document outlines broad strategies for the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI). The initiative grew out of realization that the 1985 Farm Bill had resulted in a lack of on the ground technical assistance available for voluntary conservation planning.


Environmentalism and Conservation - Connecting the Human and Nature Dots

Those of us who work in environmental and conservation philosophy and ethics recurrently confront an odd, seemingly anomalous problem. There are often deep rifts or fissures between well-meaning environmentalists and conservationists.


Conservation Easements - Perpetuity and Beyond

Perpetual conservation easements are intended to protect the particular land they encumber for the conservation purposes specified in the deed of conveyance “in perpetuity”—or at least until circumstances have changed so profoundly that continued protection of the land for those purposes is no longer feasible.

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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