Star Wars teaches land conservation

When I was young, I owned a poster that proudly declared “all I need to know about life I learned from Star Wars.”

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Photo courtesy of Josh Lynsen
January 22, 2016
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Shared aspirations

Three milestones mark my path to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission: our still family-owned West Virginia farm; escaping private law practice’s billable hour tyranny; and the Land Trust Alliance trusting me to teach a Rally workshop.

January 20, 2016
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Standards Advisory Team selected

When I called for volunteers to help me revise Land Trust Standards and Practices, I knew excellent candidates would step forward. But I had no idea six dozen people would raise their hand!

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January 15, 2016
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An important investment

It’s an exciting moment for land conservation in New York.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo/Photo courtesy of Cuomo’s office
January 13, 2016
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One for the team

After 11 years of controversy, including a trial, the Mohonk Preserve has prevailed in an important title case.

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Forested ridge and cliffs in the Mohonk Preserve/Photo courtesy of Mohonk Preserve
January 11, 2016
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Know your audience

Confession time: Before I joined the Land Trust Alliance staff in 2007, I didn’t know what a land trust was. I remember skimming the Alliance’s website the night before my job interview and seeing a lot of words I didn’t understand. Easements? Tax incentive? Technical assistance?

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Photo by Andrew Mayovskyy
January 08, 2016
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A new direction

Rally. Baltimore. 2001. My life was about to change.

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Photo courtesy of Dan Cline
January 07, 2016
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Congress votes to make tax incentive permanent

In a strong bipartisan action, the Senate voted 65-33 today to pass the bill that will make the tax incentive for conservation easement donations permanent.

December 18, 2015
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Now is the time

I am asking you to make a very important phone call. A major tax package will come to the floor of the House this afternoon, and the Senate tomorrow. This bill would make permanent the enhanced federal tax incentive for donations of conservation easements.

December 17, 2015
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Congress poised to make tax incentive permanent

Congressional leaders have announced a broad, year-end deal that will make permanent the enhanced incentive for donations of conservation easements! Additionally, the deal includes a brief but welcome reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund — setting the stage for important legislative action next year.

December 16, 2015
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