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The Enhanced Easement Incentive

House Passes Conservation Tax Incentive

The House voted on July 17 on H.R. 4719, "The America Gives More Act," which contains the Conservation Easement Incentive Act. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 277-130. This is the first time every member of Congress has gone on record making the easement incentive permanent.

We have only a few short weeks to convince senators to do the same and your actions could make the difference between permanence and another extension. Learn how you can help in a few easy steps »

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 co-sponsor the Senate legislation.

    Senators can join Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and 25 of his colleagues 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 17: The House just voted 277-130 to pass the charities package! 56 Democrats joined their Republican colleagues to support charitable giving incentives, including the enhanced easement incentive - the second-highest number of defections after the research and development tax credit. Several others spoke on the floor in support of the conservation easement incentive, and other favorable charitable incentives. Thank you to organizations like Ducks Unlimited, CSF and others that reached out to Congressional offices over the last few days or alerted their membership of this important vote. Now, we pivot to the Senate.
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