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Crunch Time on Conservation Tax Incentive

Advocates Alert: February 29, 2008

The Farm Bill is our best opportunity to renew the tax incentive for conservation easement donations and make it permanent. Our success on this issue may be decided in the next two weeks. Your hard work has added eight new cosponsors to HR 1576 and Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) continues to push for these provisions in the Farm Bill, but we need to convince key leaders in the House to make this happen.

Get Your Representative to Weigh in Personally with Leadership 

At this point, it will take a personal call from your Representative to key leaders of the House to make a difference on the Farm Bill. Just a few calls into the right people at this critical moment could literally change the history of conservation! Please think about who on your board or in your community can best reach your Representative directly and ask them to make such a call.

Ask Democrats to call:

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) or her Chief of Staff, John Lawrence
  • House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-NY)

Ask Republicans to call:

  • House Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Jim McCrery (R-LA) 
  • House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

Messages we need your Representative to convey:

  • The Tax Incentive for Conservation Easements that Senator Baucus is trying to get into the Farm Bill is very important to landowners and conservationists in my district.
  • It is extremely important to get this done in the Farm Bill

See background, frequently asked questions, and resources on the tax incentive.

Eight New Cosponsors for HR 1576; 160 Total

Over the past two weeks the following representatives have cosponsored HR 1576: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN), Rep Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT). That means we now have 160 Members, more than a third of the House, on record supporting a permanent extension of the tax incentive for conservation easement donations!

Please check out our complete list of cosponsors! If your Representative isn't yet on the list, please call and urge them to cosponsor HR 1576. If your Representative is already a cosponsor, please urge them to weigh in with leadership (see above) and thank them publicly or privately using the templates on our tax incentive webpage.

Sign up to be a Land Trust ADVOCATE at: http://www.lta.org/publicpolicy/advocates.htm

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The House of Representatives will vote on the Conservation Easement Incentive Act, perhaps as early as next week. Whether you use this incentive or not, this is an unprecedented opportunity for the entire House of Representatives to vote specifically on whether or not to help land trusts. Every vote will count, and we urge you to call your congressional office and ask your representative to support H.R. 2807 when it comes to the floor – and to get as many others as possible in your land trust and its local partners to do the same.
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