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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.


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.


Conservation Easements - Why and How?

According to the census data collected by the Land Trust Alliance (LTA), over the past two decades there has been a dramatic increase in the number of local, state, and regional land trusts operating in the United States,1 and in the number of acres encumbered by conservation easements2 held by such land trusts.


Lessons on Charitable Conservation Contributions from Scheidelman v.Commissioner

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On July 14, 2010, the U.S. Tax Court issued its opinion in Scheidelman v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2010-151, and the decision provides conservation easement professionals with two important lessons.


Purchase of Development Rights - Another Option for Conservation Minded Landowners

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Many landowners are familiar with conservation easements, a vehicle for preserving land in perpetuity, but they may not be aware of another option: selling the development rights to their property.


Program Changes in the 2008 Farm Bill

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


Amending Perpetual Conservation Easements - A Case Study Of The Myrtle Grove Controversy

Over the past quarter century there has been an explosive growth in the use of conservation easements as a land protection tool. A conservation easement is a deed transferred by the owner of the land encumbered by the easement to the holder of the easement (generally a government agency or a charitable conservation organization referred to as a “land trust”) that restricts the development and use of the land to achieve certain conservation goals, such as the preservation of open space, wildlife habitat, agricultural land, or an historic site.


In Defense of Conservation Easements - A Response to the End of Perpetuity

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Charitable gifts made to government entities and charitable organizations can be either restricted or unrestricted. An unrestricted charitable gift is a contribution of money or property that the donor makes without attaching any conditions on its use by the recipient entity or organization.


Increasing the Tax Incentives for Conservation Easement Donations - A Responsible Approach

The use of tax incentives to encourage private landowners to donate conservation easements has become increasingly popular as policy makers search for ways to combat the growing problem of urban sprawl.

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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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