Take Action

Help Save the Enhanced Easement Incentive!

 

Learn More
Policy Principles
 
You are here: Home / Policy Action / Advocates Newsletter / Use the Grassroots Toolkit to Spread the Word about the Easement Incentive

Use the Grassroots Toolkit to Spread the Word about the Easement Incentive

Advocates Alert: June 20, 2008

Thanks to your hard work, we have two more years to prove just how effective the conservation tax incentive can be.

But there's no time to waste! To make the easement incentive permanent, it's absolutely essential that we accomplish two things:

  • First, we need to spread the word so landowners use the incentive in large numbers--protecting special places in every Congressional district around the country.
  • Second, Members of Congress need to hear about your successes, not just from you, but from easement donors, local officials, the press and from first-hand visits to the places you've protected.

How You Can Help:

This week, we released a completely revamped "grassroots toolkit" to help you accomplish these things.

The toolkit at www.lta.org/policy/policy-toolkit includes:

  • Outreach tools like a sample press release, newsletter article and op-ed to accomplish the dual goals of letting landowners know about this opportunity and publicly thanking Congress for renewing the incentive
  • Sample thank you letters to Congress: one from your organization and a template letter you can provide for each easement donor to tell Congress about why their land is special and how the incentive made a difference.
  • Advice and materials for hosting a "public education forum" to spread the word to potential easement donors. Invite your Representative to co-host such an event over the August Recess (Aug 9-Sept 7).
  • We're also working on a new brochure that lays out the basics of the incentive for landowners and their advisors. These will be available for you to order in a few weeks.

The upcoming Independence Day (Jun 28-Jul 6) and August (Aug 9-Sept 7) recesses are opportunities for your land trust to solidify working relationships with your Members of Congress. If they're already cosponsors of H.R. 1676 or S. 469 please thank them and give them an opportunity to take credit for making this happen. If they haven't cosponsored, there's no better place to ask than on the front porch of an easement donor. Either way, today is a great day to pick up the phone and ask them out into the field. Click here for ideas.

Legislative update:
If you read the footnote on our previous alert, you saw there was some lingering confusion over the constitutionality of how the Farm Bill was enacted with one section missing. On Wednesday, Congress cleared up any remaining doubt by overriding a Presidential veto of a second version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 6124) containing all 15 titles. This was mainly done as an "insurance policy" against future legal challenges and no substantive changes were made.

Thanks again for everything you did to make this extension a reality!

Document Actions
Bookmark and Share
Advocates Alerts

September 11: The Senate is back in session now for two weeks before recessing until after the midterm elections.there is still an opportunity to create a surge of support in the Senate for taking up the House-passed charitable giving package, which includes the tax incentive for conservation easement donations. Please ask your Senators to speak to leadership in support of the incentive, and to give a brief statement on the floor. please take a few minutes to read about our proposed 2015 work and answer our brief survey about how our team can better represent you in 2015
Learn more »

View Past Alerts Sign-up Now
News
»
Congress wrestles with tax breaks for open space

July 29, 2014 | Poughkeepsie Journal | NY

»
House passes Gerlach conservation tax break bill, now up to Senate

July 18, 2014 | The Mercury News | Pottstown, PA

»
The Time is Now for Congress to Act on Conservation

July 15, 2014 | Politico | Washington, D.C.

eNews Sign-up » More News »
 

1660 L St. NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036 info@lta.org ©Copyright 2014 Land Trust Alliance

Privacy Policy | Photo Credits | Site Map | Contact Us