Accelerating the Pace of Conservation
Conservation Tax Incentive Bills Introduced
In February 2015, bipartisan legislation to restore and make the enhanced incentive permanent was introduced in the House and Senate. The Conservation Easement Incentive Act was introduced in the House by Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) as H.R. 641 and in the Senate by Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) as S. 330.
H.R. 641 was packaged with other charitable giving incentives and passed in the House on February 11 by a vote of 279-127.
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.
Russ has served as the Alliance’s Director of Public Policy since 1998. Russ is our lead lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and serves as the primary point of contact for all policy issues.
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Bethany joined the Alliance in 2014, as the Western Advocacy & Outreach Manager. Bethany works with and manages the advocacy efforts of land trusts in the West.
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Bryan joined the Alliance in 2012. As the Government Relations Specialist, he coordinates much of our day-to-day work on tax incentives and federal appropriations, and manages policy-related communications to land trusts and external audiences. In addition, he works with and manages the advocacy efforts of land trusts in the Midwest.
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George is a recent graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, where he majored in English and Environmental Studies. He has interned for Western Reserve Land Conservancy and worked at an organic produce farm. George is an avid fly-fisherman and has fished extensively across the Great Lakes. He is passionate about preserving our lakes and rivers.
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Lizzy is a 2014 graduate of the University of North Florida, where she majored in Biology and Environmental Science. She has previously worked for the North Florida Land Trust, Orange County (Orlando) Environmental Protection Division, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and Florida Fish and Wildlife. Lizzy has a strong interest in the interactions between humans and their environment and ecological systems.
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