Monday, August 4, 2014

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ACTION ALERT : Help Move the Conservation Tax Incentive Legislation Forward!

Ask TX Senators to Support the
"Rural Heritage Conservation Extension Act"

On July 17, the House voted on H.R. 4719, "The America Gives More Act," which included the Conservation Easement Incentive Act. The bill, which would make strong landowner tax incentives for land conservation permanent, passed by a strong, bipartisan vote of 277-130. This is an amazing accomplishment!

The measure now goes to the Senate, where we also have strong support, but face new challenges in breaking through a legislative logjam. Let’s take full advantage of this historic opportunity and put pressure on the Senate to ACT NOW by reaching out NOW to our Texas Senators to let them know that we support making this important tax incentive for conservation permanent!

You can take action today by calling our Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to join fellow Republican Orrin Hatch (UT) and 25 of his Senate colleagues as co-sponsors of the Rural Heritage Conservation Extension Act, S. 526.

Call Senator Cornyn at: (202) 224-2934  / Senator Cruz at: (202) 224-5922

- Introduce yourself or your organization and tell them how important this tax incentive is to conservation work in your community.
- Tell them how the tax incentive helps family farmers, ranchers, and modest-income landowners protect their land and water resources.
- Urge the Senators to co-sponsor the Rural Heritage Conservation Extension Act, S. 526, introduced by Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Let them know that Senators interested in co-sponsoring should send a signed Unanimous Consent request to the Senate floor.

**Remind Republicans that conservation easements are a cost-effective, voluntary, private-sector alternative to government led conservation efforts and that this incentive makes the tax system fairer for modest-income farmers, ranchers and forest owners.

Let's make sure we do EVERYTHING we can to take advantage of this historic opportunity to make the conservation tax incentive permanent. This is the closest we have ever if you are looking for a reason to get involved, now is the time!

Call TODAY to encourage our US Senators to support S.526- the Rural Heritage Conservation Extension Act! 

News Feed
Great Article in Austin American Connecting Land Conservation and Water Qualtiy
US House Votes Today on the "America Gives More Act of 2014" - Bill Makes Conservation Tax Incentives Permanent!
Will This Fast Food Billionaire Take His Conservation Giving National? - Inside Philanthropy
Great Summary of Recent Cases on IRS Challenges to Tax Deductions for Conservation Easements
US Interior Secretary Visits TX, Touts Land & Water Conservation Fund
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