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Monday, August 4, 2014
Conservation News and Info from TLTC
Conservation related news from Texas and beyond...
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
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
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
**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 been...so 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!