New clarity on the IRS tax shelter notice

The IRS has published a welcome supplemental Notice complementing an earlier Notice that made conservation easement tax shelters "listed transactions."

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The Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington, D.C. / Photo by DJ Glisson, II/Firefly Imageworks
April 28, 2017
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New York’s virtuous cycle

Across the last 14 years, New York has invested $15 million in expanding the work and reach of land trusts throughout the Empire State.

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New York State Conservation Partnership Program 2017 grants announcement group photo. / Photo courtesy of Hudson Highlands Land Trust
April 27, 2017
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We're hiring!

Do you believe in the value of open spaces? Are you an excellent team player? Can you help us help 1,000 land trusts? If so, you may be the very person we need.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II/Firefly Imageworks
April 26, 2017
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Connecting people to the land, one shrub at a time

Wielding pickaxes and watering buckets, university students, veterans, fly-fishing enthusiasts and others gathered on a recent spring morning near Missoula, Montana to help Five Valleys Land Trust with an ambitious project: planting 300 shrubs around a new wetland.

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Lily Haines and Graham Roy show their enthusiasm for planting willow seedlings at Five Valleys Land Trust's wetland restoration site. / Photo by Jenny Tollefson

Best volunteer opportunity. Ever.

We here at The Land Conservancy of McHenry County were recently brainstorming ways to make a litter clean up more fun for our supporters when we came up with a spectacular idea!

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Trash that The Land Conservancy of McHenry County needed to clear was collected with the help of volunteers. / Photo courtesy of The Land Conservancy of McHenry County
April 18, 2017
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In their own words

Videos can share stories from visitors about how they feel about land and why it is so important to preserve open spaces.

April 17, 2017
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Changes within the Alliance’s policy department

Many of us are concerned — if not alarmed — about the impacts of political changes in Washington, D.C., on federal environmental policies, especially those that affect land trusts and land conservation. These include the Farm Bill, the Land and Water Conservation Fund and tax reform legislation.

April 14, 2017
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Meeting without an agenda

Have you ever had a meeting without an agenda?

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Left to right: Ellen Shepard of Virginia’s United Land Trusts, Faye Cooper of Valley Conservation Council, Wendy Kendrick of Central Virginia Land Conservancy, Dave Perry of Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, John Eustis of New River Land Trust, Meagan Cupka of Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, and Don Owen of the Land Trust Alliance. The group gathered at the Kendrick Farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Amherst County, Virginia. / Photo by Meagan Cupka
April 13, 2017
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Community asset, local treasure

Videos create a sense of place and tell the stories of how people use land.

April 12, 2017
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Take a deep breath

Video can create a sense of place, explain the important role of a land trust in the community, and inspire landowners and donors alike.

April 11, 2017
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Creating Video for Impact

If a picture paints a thousand words, how many more are painted in a compelling video?

 

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff were filmed for BatsLIVE, a distance learning adventure that brings bat conservation to life through webcasts and online education resources. / Photo by A. Froschauer (USFWS)
April 10, 2017
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We’re moving!

After 10 years at our current location, the Land Trust Alliance is packing up and preparing to relocate within Washington, D.C.

April 07, 2017
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