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2014 PRESIDENT'S WINTER MESSAGE
We are all fortunate to live in the Central Mountains of Arizona, the zone sandwiched between the Mogollon Rim and the Basin and Range province of the upper Sonoran Desert. Topography is the seasoning of our vistas. Mountains and valleys in all directions give our internal gyroscopes balance and reward us a reflective backdrop for the dramatic sunrises and sunsets that we all enjoy. Continue...
The 2014 Farm Bill, signed into law by President Obama on February 7, provides more than $1 billion for conservation, exceeding all other federal sources of conservation funding. This bill will keep working farms and ranches in family hands, helping to restore and maintain our ways of life.
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Conservation Tax Incentive Permanency
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the problem? Millions of acres of farms, ranches, forests, working lands and scenic open spaces will forever disappear unless Congress restores and makes permanent a bipartisan tax incentive for conservation this year.
What is the urgency? The House and Senate need to act now, before the end of 2014, in the current “lame duck” session. Bipartisan legislation would restore this vital conservation tool and make the land conservation tax incentive permanent – but it must be acted on now. At a time when Washington seems hopelessly gridlocked, this conservation incentive is a welcome source of bipartisan agreement. Everyone across the political spectrum supports making the tax incentive permanent; it passed the House of Representatives this summer on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote and is now pending in the Senate.
Why is this happening? The land conservation tax incentive put into place in 2006 is directly responsible for the conservation of more than 2 million acres of America’s natural outdoor heritage. Unfortunately, Congress allowed this law to expire, leaving in limbo local landowners that want to place lands into conservation. These are major family and financial decisions, and efforts by landowners across the country to protect our treasured lands have been left hanging in the balance.
What is the solution? Local, community-based land trusts are fighting to preserve our irreplaceable outdoor and cultural heritage. We are working with landowners to implement an innovative and entirely voluntary form of land conservation that keeps landscapes in their natural state in perpetuity, ensuring these outdoor treasures are not subdivided and exploited. This method, known as a conservation easement, allows landowners to exchange their development rights – often a tract’s most valuable asset – for limited tax credits. Throughout the country, this approach has been enormously successful in conserving irreplaceable lands.
What is at stake? America’s farms, ranches, forests, scenic landscapes and open spaces are under pressure like never before. We lose three acres of land every minute; 1.5 million acres every year – an area the size of Delaware. Middle-class “asset-rich, cash poor” landowners are often forced to sell lands to the highest bidder – lands that have been part of the fabric of their communities for generations. If Congress fails to act, landowners may be forced to sell off treasured lands, and many farms, ranches, forests and scenic vistas could be lost. When these special places disappear, more than just land is lost – so is a way of life.
Why does it matter? The preservation of our natural outdoor heritage matters to us all. We will all lose out when clean water, fresh air, natural beauty, open spaces and forest lands disappear. And once they are gone, they are gone forever. These lands, waters and open spaces are parts of our history, our character and our way of life. These acres around us are more than just land; they constitute an important part of our identity. When the places that people need and love disappear, more than just land is lost – a small piece of who we are is also wiped away.
Why easements? Conservation easements are America’s best tool to save special places, safeguard local economies, and keep working lands in working hands. Lands placed into easements can continue to be farmed, grazed, hunted, or used for outdoor recreation and wildlife conservation. Lands remain on county tax rolls, strengthening local economies, sustaining and creating jobs. These lands also remain in families, to be passed to future generations.
Why make it permanent? Easement donations can take years to execute. They are major life decisions, and landowners need certainty in order to plan. The on-again, off-again nature of the tax incentive in recent years has discouraged landowners from participating. Since the tax incentive expired, land trusts have witnessed a substantial decrease in the number of conservation easement donations. A permanent conservation tax incentive will send an important signal to landowners and significantly increase the pace of land conservation from coast to coast.
Who supports a permanent solution? Making the land conservation tax incentive permanent is supported by a broad bipartisan coalition of lawmakers across the political spectrum. A bipartisan group of 26 Senators are co-sponsoring legislation in the Senate and 277 representatives voted for permanency when it passed the House in July. President Obama and Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp both support making the incentive permanent in their budget and tax reform proposals. America’s 1,800 local land trusts and a diverse coalition of more than 65 national conservation, agriculture, and sporting organizations are working together to make the incentive permanent.
What would success mean for conservation in America? A permanent land conservation tax incentive would represent the most significant conservation victory this century – and we are closer than ever to realizing it. Conservation easements are directly responsible for conserving more than 2 million acres of America’s natural outdoor heritage. With a permanent incentive in place, landowners across the country would have the resources and certainty necessary to protect our nation’s valuable natural outdoor spaces for generations to come.
2014 Farm Bill News
Conservation Tax Incentive Permanency FAQ
CALT WELCOMES THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS
The Central AZ Land Trust has recently elected three new board members to the organization. All three are deeply qualified individuals to help guide and inform our decisions moving forward. They are John Farmer, a financial advisor with the Taylor and Padgett Financial Group; J.D Greenberg, a potent voice for open space and land protection in central Yavapai County: and Ken Jordan, a long-time AZ rancher and liaison for FEMA.