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Help Make Permanent the Conservation Tax Incentive-- House to Vote on H.R. 2807 on July 16 or 17


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.

Please consider signing your land trust onto this letter by Independent Sector (which represents charities in D.C.) asking all members of the House to vote for the conservation tax incentive and two other charitable provisions recently passed by the committee (the IRA charitable rollover and an enhanced deduction for donations of food inventory to food banks and related charities). The letter asks for representatives to make these three important charitable provisions permanent. The more organizations that sign on, the larger impact we will have.

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Our Current Public Policy Priorities

  1. Creating increased tax incentives for land conservation in both the federal income and estate tax
  2. Maximizing land trusts’ access to conservation funding in the Farm Bill
  3. Secure federal funding for land conservation programs (LWCF, Forest Legacy, NAWCA & Section 6)
  4. Improving IRS administration of conservation donation rules
  5. Increasing effective advocacy by land trusts

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Russ Video ThumbnailAs 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.

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Russ Shay

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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Barton James

Barton joined the Alliance in 2013, as the Conservation Campaign Director. He leads the Alliance’s advocacy initiative, constructing a national grasstops network to harness the political strength of the nation’s 1,700 land trusts. In addition, he works with and manages land trust advocacy efforts in the Southeast.
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Bethany O'Donovan

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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Sean Robertson

Sean joined the Alliance in 2008. As the Northeastern Advocacy & Outreach Manager, Sean works with and manages the advocacy efforts of land trusts in the Northeast.
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Bryan David

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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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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