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Land Trusts Converging on Washington to Build Support for Land Conservation

March 31, 2014 | Land Trust Alliance | Washington, D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Elizabeth Ward
Communications Director
Email | (202) 638-5658

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Land trust leaders from across the country are converging on Capitol Hill on April 2 to educate and engage Congressional members on key land conservation issues that support the nation in securing local economic sustainability, fresh food, clean water, places to recreate, and keeping family farms in the family, during the third annual Land Trust Advocacy Day sponsored by the Land Trust Alliance.  

Land trust leaders will attend issue briefings and networking events before conducting more than 100 individual meetings with staff and members of Congress in the Senate and House from key districts, as well as with members on the tax, agriculture and appropriations committees to promote the economic, social and natural impacts their work has on rural, suburban and urban communities alike. Everyone from sportsmen, farmers, ranchers, foresters, and recreationists value and seek favorable policies to support land conservation.

Last year’s meetings were instrumental in securing more than one billion dollars for a new conservation program in the Farm Bill.  Land trusts have also recently celebrated that an enhanced tax incentive for conservation easement donations that was included both in President Obama’s proposed budget and in the tax reform package proposed by House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (MI).  

Land trusts are community-based conservation organizations formed by local citizens that acquire and protect land for the benefit of their community. Strong land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources.

Media Invited

Breakfast Briefing:  Future of the Conservation Tax Incentive

Wednesday, April 2 | 8:00 - 9:00am
2168 Rayburn House Office Building

  • Learn about a cost-effective tax incentive for the conservation of private farm, ranch and forest lands that Chairman Camp, President Obama and 196 co-sponsors (H.R. 2807/S.526) are working to make permanent.
  • Talk with members of one of the most diverse coalitions on the Hill ranging from American Farm Bureau Federation to Ducks Unlimited, and learn why this enhanced deduction is important.
  • Meet dozens of local land conservation leaders who have used this incentive to help farmers, ranchers and forest owners keep their land in productive use, conserve wildlife habitat, and protect our historic heritage.
  • Hear how repeated lapses of this incentive, most recently at the end of 2013, have complicated farm estate planning, discouraged hundreds of donations, and lead to the loss of important natural resources.

Land Trust Advocacy Day Reception

Wednesday, April 2 | 6:00 - 8:00pm
902 Hart Senate Office Building
Contact: Bethany O'Donovan, Western Advocacy & Outreach Manager
Email | (202) 800-2240

  • Attend the reception to celebrate the recently enacted Farm Bill conservation programs and other tools to protect America’s farms, forests, and wildlife.

The Alliance is committed to working with land trusts to raise Congressional awareness on the many benefits conservation provides to their local districts and states as well as the nation. We thank Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Michael Bennet (CO) for their leadership on the Farm Bill. And we thank Representatives Jim Gerlach (PA), Mike Thompson (CA), and John Dingell (MI) for their unwavering support to make the enhanced tax incentives permanent.

About the Land Trust Alliance

The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation group that works on behalf of the nation’s 1,700 land trusts to save the places people love by strengthening conservation nationwide. The Alliance works to increase the pace and quality of conservation by advocating favorable tax policies and training land trusts in best practices, and working to ensure the permanence of conservation in the face of continuing threats. www.lta.org/policy | #allianceadvocacy

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