Senate Bill Proposes to Make Enhanced Conservation Easement Tax Incentive Permanent
Senators Baucus and Hatch, photo credit: http://www.finance.senate.gov.
Senators Baucus (D-MT) and Hatch (R-UT) reintroduced the Rural Heritage Conservation Extension Act (S.526), which would make the enhanced conservation easement tax incentive permanent. This bill also includes a provision that would prohibit deductions for conservation easements on golf courses. If passed, this piece of legislation would strike the expiration dates of the current tax incentives and create certainty for private landowners who are seeking to keep their agricultural, ranch, or forestlands viable resources in perpetuity.
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PLN's Conservation Toolbox: Honey Bees and Colony Strength Evaluation Tool
The rise in reports of Colony Collapse Disorder has beekeepers and growers buzzing. In response, the University of California Cooperative Extension is offering a free online training course of standardized procedures for growers and beekeepers alike to evaluate the strength of honey bee colonies. The course features nine training modules covering such topics as basic honey bee biology, hive inspection practices, and types and use of equipment for conducting the inspections.
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RFF President Amos Eno Speaks to Louisiana Landowners Association in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
On March 15th, Eno spoke to the Louisiana Landowners Association about the need to empower private landowners to utilize conservation. In the twenty-first century, the bulk of the responsibility for conservation will shift away from the public sector and rely on the conservation leadership of private landowners.
"The members and guests really enjoyed Amos's presentation. His insight regarding the future of land management resonated well with our folks," said Paul Frey, Executive Director of the Louisiana Landowners Association.
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Harper Armstrong Named 2013 Louisiana Farmer of the Year
Armstrong, a Morehouse Parish farmer for over forty years, was chosen from a group of three finalists as Louisiana Farmer of the year in 2013 in a competition sponsored by the Louisisana AgriNews Network, the Louisiana Farm Bureau, the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. The other finalists were Donald Berken, of Welsh, in Jefferson Parish, and Gerald Wood, of St. James, in St. James Parish.
Wandering Eye Photography to Donate Profits from Sale of Prints to Wilderness Trust and RFF
Photo credit: Wandering Eye, Shirley Sanderson.
Shirley Sanderson, armed with a camera, has visited Africa and other exotic places to document a wide variety of wildlife. Inspired by the wild and endangered animals she has photographed, Sanderson has designated Resources First Foundation and Wilderness Trust to receive the profits from sales of her photographs from her website (www.WanderingEye.net).
Sanderson recognizes that African wildlife is under unprecedented pressure from poaching, habitat destruction, and lack of prey. So for every picture that she sells, the profit will be donated to Wilderness Trust to aid in conservation and research on big cats, wild dogs, and elephants. Buy one of her prints today and help conserve wildlife!
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Juniper Removal for Sage Grouse and Ranchlands
Through the Sage Grouse Initiative, NRCS is working with ranchers to eliminate Juniper Trees on their ranchlands. This will serve a dual purpose of improving endangered sage grouse habitat and grazing areas for livestock.
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