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An Integral Part of Life

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Rob Aldrich

Imagine if conserved land were socially durable. That means people can’t live without it. Think schools, clean water and emergency services. When those are threatened, people rise up and defend them.

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Voiced: Protecting a Vital Tool

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Fall 2017
Author: 
Mike Carlson

Have you ever wondered why conservation easements are such powerful and effective tools? Or why you and your local land trust should care about their legal underpinnings?

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Old McDonald Didn’t Get a Tax Break

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Lorri Barrett

Old McDonald had a farm, but he didn’t get a tax break. The tax court issued its first interpretation of the “farmer and rancher rule,” which gives qualified farmers a boost when claiming a tax deduction for a conservation easement.  

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Singing a New Song

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Lorri Barrett

A federal court in Texas deemed land use restrictions designed to protect the golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered species living only in Texas, as “common sense” because they need flexibility over time.

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Walking the Line

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Lorri Barrett

In Wisconsin, a land trust’s neighbors claimed conserved land was theirs because they had built a pool and a greenhouse over the property line. The court disagreed.