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Tax Incentive Success Stories and Media Coverage

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The enhanced tax deduction for donations of conservation easements has enabled thousands of landowners to conserve their land.  The press clips, media releases, newsletter articles and other success stories posted here demonstrate just a few of these stories from coast to coast.  Not every story explicitly mentions the tax incentive and, of course, most landowners are also motivated by their love of the land, but we believe the enhanced incentive helped make these success stories possible.

Please use these clippings in your visits with Congress and send any additional clippings you discover to policy@lta.org.

Highlights and Recent Coverage

  • Hudson Register-Star (NY), "Cost-efficient conservation: running out of time" -- November 2014
  • Joplin Globe (MO), "Ozark Land Trust among groups pushing for tax breaks to preserve properties" -- November 2014
  • Springfield News-Sun (OH), "America Gives More Act will help country" --August 2014
  • Poughkeepsie Journal (NY), "Congress Wrestles with Tax Breaks for Open Space," -- July 2014
  • Bucks County Intelligencer (PA), Congress Can Help Bucks Save its Special Places," -- June 2014
  • Philadelphia Inquirer (PA), "Tax Break to Brake Suburban Sprawl," -- June 2014
  • Livingston County News (NY), "Easement Incentive Act Would Aid Conservancy Efforts," -- May 2014
  • Genesee Sun (NY), "US Rep Chris Collins Sponsors New Conservation Act," -- May 2014
  • Wenatchee World (WA) [Editorial], "Conservation in the Long View"-- May 2014
  • The Sacramento Bee (CA), “America's Farmers, Ranchers, Foresters, and Sportsmen One Step Closer to Protection of Critical Conservation Tool,”-- May 2014
  • The Rural Blog, "Quiet Crisis Confronting Agriculture," -- May 2014
  • The Gun Writer Blog, "Action Needed on Federal Conservation Bill," -- May 2014
  • Pennsylvania Ag News, “America’s Farmers One Step Closer to Critical Conservation Tool," -- May 2014
  • Wall Street Journal, "America's Farmers, Ranchers, Foresters, and Sportsmen One Step Closer to Protection of Critical Conservation Tool,”-- May 2014
  • Agri-Pulse, "Conservation Easements, a Chance to Save America’s Best Farmland," -- May 2014
  • Roll Call, "Landowners Want to See Expired Tax Breaks for Conservation Reinstated and Made Permanent," -- May 2014
  • Roll Call, "Ducks Unlimited Says Tax Break Made Donation a Viable Financial Consideration," -- May 2014

 

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