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The Enhanced Easement Incentive

Update: July 11

Congressional House leadership has scheduled a vote on July 16 or 17 on a bill to permanently enact several charitable tax incentives, including H.R. 2807, the Conservation Easement Incentive Act. The bill will come to the House floor as part of a larger charities package.

The provision officially reached a bipartisan majority of the House as co-sponsors – 222 in total. However, it is important that we continue to work together to ensure its passage.  Moreover, the more bipartisan votes we secure, the better positioned we will be with the Senate.

Regardless of whether or not your Congressman or woman was a co-sponsor, please call your representative to urge him or her to vote “yes” when it comes up for a vote next Wednesday or Thursday.  You can reach your representative by calling the House switchboard at 202-225-3121.

Making permanent the enhanced tax deduction for conservation easements has been a priority for the Alliance and the land trust community since 2006.  This will be the first time we’ve been able to get a vote on this on the House floor.

Let’s take full advantage of this historic opportunity.


Support Needed to Extend Expired Tax Incentive

Our top legislative priority this year is to preserve the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easement donations, which the House of Representatives will be voting on July 16 or 17.

Please ask your representatives to support the easement incentive on the House floor. Even if they are already a co-sponsor, please call again and affirm their support for this critical conservation tool.

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A Critical Conservation Tool with Broad, Bipartisan Support

The enhanced income tax deduction for conservation easement donations has helped America’s land trusts work with farmers, ranchers and other modest-income landowners to increase the pace of conservation by a third to over a million acres a year! Unfortunately, this cost-effective conservation incentive expired at the end of 2013.


Support Bills to Make the Incentive Permanent

You can take action today by calling the capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and asking your Members of Congress to support the House bill on the floor or to co-sponsor the Senate legislation :

  1. Urge Representatives to vote for the charities package, which includes the Conservation Easement Incentive Act, H.R. 2807, introduced by Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA).
  • Senators can join Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as co-sponsors of the Rural Heritage Conservation Extension Act, S. 526, by sending a signed unanimous consent agreement to the Senate floor.

Please be sure to thank previous and current co-sponsors when asking for their renewed support.

How the Incentive Works

Thanks to the hard work of Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), along with land trusts and coalition partners around the country, on August 3, 2006 the Congress approved a tremendous expansion of the federal tax incentive for conservation easement donations

For more information about the easement incentive, please contact Bryan David at 202-800-2223, or e-mail

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July 10: House Vote on Conservation Tax Incentive Coming Soon

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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