Accelerating the Pace of Conservation
Update: Farm Bill Signed into Law
President Obama signed the Farm Bill into law in Lansing, Michigan. More »
Conservation Tax Incentive Expires
The enhanced easement incentive expired on December 31, 2013. Conservation easements remain deductible, but will be subject to the same caps as other non-cash contributions -- 30% of AGI with a five-year carry forward. We are of course, working hard to retroactively renew the incentive early in 2014.
The Conservation Easement Incentive Act (H.R. 2807), which would make the deduction for the donation of a conservation easement permanent has 172 co-sponsors.
Our Current Public Policy Priorities
- Creating increased tax incentives for land conservation in both the federal income and estate tax
- Maximizing land trusts’ access to conservation funding in the Farm Bill
- Secure federal funding for land conservation programs (LWCF, Forest Legacy, NAWCA & Section 6)
- Improving IRS administration of conservation donation rules
- Increasing effective advocacy by land trusts
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About the Alliance's Public Policy Program
As the national umbrella organization of 1,700 community-based land trusts, the Land Trust Alliance advocates for public policies that support land trusts’ conservation goals, including increased land conservation funding and improved tax incentives so that more landowners can afford to choose conservation. Such policies have opened the door to voluntary, landowner-led conservation of important wildlife habitat, productive working lands, and scenic open space across the country.
Alliance staff provide a voice for land trusts in halls of Congress, but ultimately the power of the land trust community is the sum of the relationships that individual land trusts have built with their elected officials. Our goal is to provide land trusts the information, tools and inspiration to become a highly effective voices for policies that support private conservation.
Our Policy Team
Russ has served as the Alliance’s Director of Public Policy since 1998. Russ directs all aspects of the public policy program and is our lead lobbyist in Washington, DC. He is the primary point of contact for land trusts dealing with IRS audits. Russ works with land trusts in OH, IN and IL. 202-800-2230 | email@example.com
Bart joined the Alliance in March 2013, as the Conservation Campaigns Director, where he leads the newly-created political mobilization team of the Alliance’s public policy program, constructing a national grasstops network to harness the political strength of the nation’s 1,700 land trusts. Bart coordinates land trust advocacy efforts in the Southeast. 202-800-2239 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean joined the Alliance in 2008. As the Advocacy & Outreach Manager, Sean inspires land trusts to take action through Advocates alerts, trainings, and personal outreach. He also coordinates much of our day-to-day work on tax incentives and federal appropriations. Sean coordinates land trust advocacy efforts in the Northeast. 202-800-2229 | email@example.com |
Bryan joined the Alliance as Public Policy Associate in 2012. Bryan supports our work on all policy issues, and manages communications to land trusts and external audiences. He is also responsible for cultivating the advocacy capability of land trusts in MO, IA, MN, WI and MI. 202-800-2223 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Policy Manger
This position is currently open. In this role, the Western Policy manger coordinates grasstops mobilization of western land trusts and our coalition partners in the agricultural community. For questions or information, please contact Bart James. Email | 202-800-2239
Our ability to effectively take on new policy priorities depends entirely on the support provided by donors to the Land Trust Alliance. Please donate today.
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