U.S. Senate takes up easement incentive

The Senate Finance Committee takes up expired tax provisions that need renewal — including the enhanced incentive for conservation easement donations — tomorrow! We’ve pushed for years to make this permanent.

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U.S. Sens. Orin Hatch and Ron Wyden are the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance/Photo courtesy Senate Committee on Finance
July 20, 2015
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A day on the farm

One beautiful spring day, Glen Leven Farm, conserved by the accredited Land Trust for Tennessee, welcomed students with their families and teachers from the John Early Museum Magnet Middle School for a chance to get their hands dirty on a real working farm.

July 16, 2015
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Keeping farms and ranches working

As scenic ranches in California’s Bay Area are snapped up and transformed into showcase estates, the accredited Marin Agricultural Land Trust is taking extra measures to ensure that the working ranches it protects stay in agricultural production.

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Rancher Al Poncia voluntarily amended a Marin Agricultural Land Trust conservation easement on his land to include a Mandatory Agricultural Use provision, ensuring that the land his family has farmed for four generations will continue to feed the community and contribute to the local economy/© Michael Woolsey/MALT
July 13, 2015
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Conservation with a consciousness

Land conservation with a social consciousness. That’s the way Howard Aronson, a board member with Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) in New Jersey described a recent project the land trust supported.

July 09, 2015
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Become an Advocacy Ambassador

At the Land Trust Alliance, we work to advocate for land conservation and land trusts across the country — but we can’t do it alone.

July 06, 2015
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Terrafirma by the numbers

The Land Trust Alliance formed Terrafirma in 2011 to help land trusts defend their conserved lands from legal challenge.

The key to land trust success: Volunteerism

The Sheffield Land Trust in Sheffield, Mass., which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, attributes much of its success to the volunteers who have helped its two-person staff attend to all of the details involved in accomplishing its work.

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Sheffield Land Trust volunteer Sally Cook speaks at the land trust’s 25th anniversary celebration. Cook, a former Sheffield Land Trust board member, is among the many volunteers to help the organization excel at its work.
July 01, 2015
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How we’ve changed in forty years

The Phippsburg Land Trust recently celebrated its 40th year as an active coastal Maine land trust. From its humble beginnings in 1974 to the thriving organization I help today as a board member, the Phippsburg Land Trust has grown with the times.

June 25, 2015
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All in the family

On a business trip to Los Angeles in 1972, Tommy Wyche was shocked to see development covering the mountains surrounding the city. He returned from the trip and told his son, Brad, “We’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen to the South Carolina mountains.”

June 23, 2015
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Conservation in a changing climate

The climate is changing — and fast. As a father, an avid fly-fisherman and a conservationist, I think every day about what I can do to be part of the solution.

June 17, 2015
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