42 sponsors and good momentum

While the challenge of making permanent the enhanced tax benefits for donations of conservation easements can seem never ending, its land trust backers never quit. In fact, while Congress takes its summer recess, there is reason for optimism.

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Leelanau Conservancy board member John Erb presents an award to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, a lead sponsor of the Conservation Easement Incentive Act/© DJ Glisson/Firefly Imageworks
August 18, 2015
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Unplugging: Goodbye, home Internet

There’s a Zits comic my boss simultaneously loves and loathes.

August 13, 2015
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Thirsty Colorado battling over raindrops

Deb Neeley, an office manager and urban farmer who lives in Denver, collects water in a rain barrel from a gutter off her greenhouse — illegally!

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Our majority-minority future

What do skateboarding, sourdough and air quality standards for pollution have in common? In the United States, these and many other popular trends all started in California.

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© Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
August 03, 2015
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Two months to save LWCF

Over the past five decades, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has infused over $16 billion of federal energy royalties into more than 41,000 conservation projects — from iconic national treasures to hometown parks and natural areas in nearly every county. But unless Congress acts, the LWCF will expire in two months!

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Chris Matarangas, an aide to U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, meets with Steve Schwartz of Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Gary Bloss of Friends of Cherry Valley
July 27, 2015
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Schumer, others support land conservation

U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana are now among the 33 senators sponsoring the Conservation Easement Incentive Act.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, center, took a stand for land during a land trust event in New York State.
July 23, 2015
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One step forward in the U.S. Senate

It wasn’t the action we wanted, but it’s good news nonetheless.

July 22, 2015
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U.S. Senate takes up easement incentive

The Senate Finance Committee takes up expired tax provisions that need renewal — including the enhanced incentive for conservation easement donations — tomorrow! We’ve pushed for years to make this permanent.

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U.S. Sens. Orin Hatch and Ron Wyden are the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance/Photo courtesy Senate Committee on Finance
July 20, 2015
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A day on the farm

One beautiful spring day, Glen Leven Farm, conserved by the accredited Land Trust for Tennessee, welcomed students with their families and teachers from the John Early Museum Magnet Middle School for a chance to get their hands dirty on a real working farm.

July 16, 2015
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Keeping farms and ranches working

As scenic ranches in California’s Bay Area are snapped up and transformed into showcase estates, the accredited Marin Agricultural Land Trust is taking extra measures to ensure that the working ranches it protects stay in agricultural production.

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Rancher Al Poncia voluntarily amended a Marin Agricultural Land Trust conservation easement on his land to include a Mandatory Agricultural Use provision, ensuring that the land his family has farmed for four generations will continue to feed the community and contribute to the local economy/© Michael Woolsey/MALT
July 13, 2015
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