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Tell Congress: Support Legislation Making the Conservation Easement Tax Incentive Permanent

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You can help farmers and ranchers across America make conservation history!

The tax incentive for farmers and ranchers to donate conservation easements has expired.  Since 2007 this provision has helped to protect nearly a million acres a year of farm, ranch and natural lands.

Congress has only until December 31 to enact a permanent extension of the enhanced incentive for conservation easement donations. In fact, only during the post-election “lame duck” session of Congress can this happen. It has all come down to this moment.

Now is the final time for you to be heard on this critically important matter. Now is the time to state again to your elected leaders: Pass the conservation tax incentive! Make these provisions permanent! Take this step to save landscapes, livelihoods and wildlife.

Our goal is to have Congress include this provision in its final tax bill of 2014. The House overwhelmingly passed similar legislation earlier this year.

Please act today to protect our irreplaceable farm and ranch lands.

 

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Support Legislation Making the Conservation Easement Tax Incentive Permanent

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am asking you to support legislation making the conservation easement tax incentive permanent before the end of this Congress.

First passed in 2006, this incentive encourages donations of conservation easements to protect important agricultural, natural and historic resources on private lands. Before it expired at the beginning of 2014, it helped America's landowners to conserve roughly one million acres of working farms, ranches, forests, and natural habitat every year.

Landowners can choose to retire the development rights on their land by donating a conservation easement keeping agricultural land in productive use, protecting important fish and wildlife habitat, and conserving our scenic and historic heritage across America. Under previous law, landowners with modest incomes received little or no tax benefit from donating what may be their family's most valuable asset. By allowing such donors to deduct a larger portion of their income over a longer period of time, this incentive enables thousands of landowners to afford to choose conservation. If the Congress acts during the Lame Duck session, there is still time to put this incentive back into use this year, which would enable land trusts working with local farmers, ranchers and forest owners to conserve America's most precious resources.

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