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Ecosystems and watersheds cover public and private lands and, excluding
Alaska, there are about 1.5 billion acres of privately held land
in America.(1) Preserving privately owned
natural lands, agricultural lands, and water rights is important
because these properties, when added to existing preserves and water
rights, can make an enormous difference to air and water quality,
to a state’s capacity to manage growth, and to local economies.
tax credit is a simple idea. Citizens and corporations who
donate land for conservation purposes get an income tax break.
The bill featured in this policy issues package insures that
donations fulfill specific conservation purposes and places
priority on lands that harbor threatened habitats or endangered
species. This approach helps prevent habitat fragmentation
and is cost effective.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Bureau
of Land Management
In this policy issues package, we give you the resources and
tools you need to make the Natural Heritage Preservation Tax Credit
work in your state, including a sample bill, talking points, press
clips, a fact pack, links, and other background information. We
also have other resources and tools to help build your state’s
policy and planning capacity to curb sprawl and preserve natural
resources. Visit our Conservation
Revitalization, and Green Infrastructure (Coming
Soon) policy issue packages for details.
We may have other useful materials on this subject, which are not
posted on our web site. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call our office in Madison, Wisconsin, at (608) 252-9800.
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or if you have suggestions about how it could be made more helpful,
please let us know. Please feel free to use the sample bill text
included here in your state. If you do, please notify us.
(1) Salkin, Patricia E., Justina R. Cintrón, and Jacalyn Fleming.
“Conservation of Private Lands: Opportunities and Challenges
for States.” Prepared for: Private Lands, Public Benefits: A
Policy Summit on Working Lands Conservation, 16 March 2001. Washington,
D.C.: National Governors Association, 2001, p. 2.
|This package was last updated on September 19, 2004.