Protecting open space has many benefits, from providing wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities to offsetting carbon emissions. In the face of our climate crisis, it’s more important than ever to employ nature-based solutions to impacts like flooding and heat – solutions that go hand in hand with land conservation.
The state Conservation Land Tax Credit program (CLTC) offers an incentive for landowners who donate land for conservation purposes. Approved land donations that fit CLTC criteria are eligible for a tax credit of 50% of the donation value, up to $75,000. However, CLTC is overdue for a funding expansion needed to increase its impact.