Improve Incentives for Land Donations to Conservation

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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.

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  • Your State Senator or Senators
  • Your State Representative or Representatives

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To [Decision Maker],

In Massachusetts, the Conservation Land Tax Credit program (CLTC) offers an incentive for landowners who donate land for conservation purposes. The benefits of protecting open space are wide-ranging, from providing recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat to offsetting carbon emissions.

Right now, CLTC is funded for up to $2 million a year, but it's long overdue for a funding expansion that would allow for a larger number of credits to be offered.

I urge you to support state legislation to raise the annual cap of the CLTC Program from $2 million to $5 million per year. It would achieve this goal by increasing the cap by $1 million/year over a three-year period.



Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]