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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

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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, ...

 

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

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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

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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.

 

A Tuning Fork for Conservation by Amos S. Eno, President, Resources First Foundation, November 4, 2012

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This is the presentation to the Simsbury Connecticut Land Trust given by Amos Eno, President, Resources First Foundation on November 4, 2012.

 

Private Lands, the New Conservation Frontier, A Maverick’s Thesis

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Private land stewardship cannot be coerced. It must be encouraged, incentivized, recognized, rewarded, highlighted through profiling innovative leaders, and above all, made clear and relatively straight forward.

 

Home Water Conservation

A Univ. of Arkansas fact sheet detailing the water cycle and little ways to save lots of water at home - both inside and outside.

 

Headstarting Conservation - Reviewing new policy to incentivize early investments in declining species

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On July 22nd, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a promising new policy to spur more investment in species that are declining but not yet subject to protection under the ESA.

 

A brief overview of the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP)

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Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Conservation Activity Plan

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The USDA-NRCS is operating a pilot program through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to provide assistance to eligible  producers in meeting the EPA requirements for an Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan.

 

Conservation Banking - Incentives for Stewardship

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Conservation banks are permanently protected lands that contain natural resource values. These lands are conserved and permanently managed for species that are endangered, threatened, candidates for listing, or are otherwise species-at-risk.

 

Oregon Conservation Strategy - Oregon's Unique Natural Heritage

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Oregon Conservation Strategy - A Summary of Strategy Habitats and Species

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Conservation and the Agricultural Act of 2014

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Conservation has been part of federal farm policy since the first farm bills of the 1930s. Over time, conservation has grown in the farm bill to address multiple objectives and eco-system services and to respond to a wider array of stakeholders.

 

Cooperative Conservation - A Producer-Led Approach to Achieving Healthy Agricultural Landscapes

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“Working Lands Conservation Cooperatives” envisions groups of landowners and producers, supported by robust technical assistance, driving efforts at a watershed or landscape scale to identify and agree on locally-appropriate conservation performance benchmarks to which all landowners and producers in an area would hold themselves accountable as a group.

 

Gunnison County Sage-Grouse Conservation Action Plan

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This Conservation Action Plan is the result of the efforts of the Gunnison Basin Sage-grouse Strategic Committee to ensure that adequate work is being conducted to conserve the Gunnison Sage-grouse.

 

Candidate Conservation Agreements

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Early conservation efforts for declining species can be greatly expanded through collaborative approaches that foster cooperation and exchange of ideas among multiple parties.

 

Conserving Habitat Through the Federal Farm Bill, a Guide for Land Trusts and Landowners

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A new report by Defenders of Wildlife Gives an in-depth summary of 2008 Farm Bill Conservation Provisions and programs. If you care about private land conservation, you can’t afford not to know the federal Farm Bill, the single greatest source of private land conservation funding in the United States.

 

Conservation Reserve Program CP33–Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds Bird Monitoring and Evaluation Plan 2006–2011 Final Report

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers a suite of Farm Bill conservation  programs and practices that provide incentives to enhance environmental quality on privately-owned agricultural lands.

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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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