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Turning Conservation Easement Tax Credits Into Cash - What Should I Expect?

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Once you have preserved your land with a conservation easement, you might be wondering exactly how you will turn the conservation easement income tax credits you received into cash.

 

Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse in Utah

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Utah’s Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse is designed to protect high-quality habitat, enhance impaired habitat and restore converted habitat to support conservation and restoration of the portion of the greater sage-grouse population within the State.

 

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Public Lands Council Rancher Conservation Summit

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This is the speech I gave at the NCBA Rancher Conservation Summit in February, 2009.  It gives my perspective on how the internet can be an effective vehicle to bring the message of sucessful ranchland conservation to the public at large with no boundaries and no attached bias to promote ranching with rancher developed and reviewed conservation successes.

 

Guide for Selection of Conservation Practices to Support Organic Operations Matrix

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To help provide better understanding of how EQIP and NOP (National Organic Program) work together to help organic producers, this guide compares the NOP requirements, OSP (Organic System Plan), and organic certification with benefits of EQIP-funded conservation practices.

 

FAQ - Conservation Planning with Transitioning to Organic Producers - Guidelines for NRCS Field Conservationists

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Gives NOP and NRCS definitions of organic-related terms, answers questions about the Initiative, CAP 138 and more.

 

Uniform Conservation Easement Act (with 2007 Amendments)

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The Act enables durable restrictions and affirmative obligations to be attached to real property to protect natural and historic resources.

 

Iowa Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released the 2013 Iowa Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard – the guiding document for implementing nutrient management plans for Iowa farmers.

 

Drafting Conservation Easements

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Drafting the conservation easement influences everything about the protected property after the easement’s grant: it guides the landowner’s use of the protected property, it guides Land Trust’s monitoring and stewardship of the property, and it guides Land Trusts enforcement of the conservation easement against the original landowner and all future landowners, forever.

 

Amending or Terminating Conservation Easements: The New Hampshire Experience

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Since their release in 2010, the Guidelines have been useful to the land trust community and to the New Hampshire Attorney General in facilitating a thorough and efficient review of proposed amendments to, as well as partial extinguishments of, conservation easements.

 

Enforcing Perpetual Conservation Easements Against Third-Party Violators

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Among the most daunting challenges the holder of a perpetual conservation easement faces is the enforcement of the easements it holds, for all time, and against all violators.& ...

 

Conservation Easement Reform: As Maine Goes Should the Nation Follow

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This article explores how the Reform Law has worked and whether it makes sense as a model for other states in response to weaknesses in their enabling laws.

 

How to receive conservation assistance from NRCS

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Do you farm or ranch and want to make improvements to the land that you own or lease? NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners.

 

Using the Conservation Tax Incentive

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This short brochure summarizes the conservation easement tax incentive and provides answers to some frequently asked questions. For the late ...

 

Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative

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The Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative was launched by WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov.

 

Cooperative Conservation - Determinants of Landowner Engagement in Conserving Endangered Species

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This paper analyzes surveys of private landowners to identify factors that determine landowner engagement in the conservation of endangered species.

 

Understanding Rural Attitudes Toward the Environment and Conservation in America

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Rural Americans matter—a lot—to the fate of U.S. environmental policy. Not only do farmers, ranchers, and forest owners manage huge portions of American lands and watersheds, but rural voters also have an outsized impact on national policy.

 

Can conservation easements help my heirs save money on estate taxes?

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By donating a conservation easement, you are eligible not only for an immediate financial reward from state tax credits and federal deductions, but you can also save money on estate taxes for generations to come.

 

What Do I Do With My Conservation Easement Tax Credits?

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Now that you’ve received your tax credit certificate, you must decide what to do with your credits. You have several choices: Use it to pay your Colorado income tax.

 

A step-by-step guide to donating a conservation easement

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This guide is meant to help you understand the steps that must be completed to conserve your property and the typical costs that are involved.

 

Donate a conservation easement: How federal benefits put money in your pocket!

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In addition to the Colorado credit, landowners can receive an extra reward for conserving their land with a conservation easement. The current rules are not yet permanent, so please keep that in mind as you and your advisors make plans for your taxes.

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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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