Empowering more conservation for all Americans

We lose 6,000 acres of wildlife habitat every day.

That’s 2.2 million acres – an area the size of Yellowstone National Park – every year. And that’s why our members are working hard to expand conservation opportunities for more Americans.

Northern Idaho

853 Acres

Central North Carolina

1,391 Acres

Central North Carolina

606 Acres

Middle Georgia

874 Acres

Coastal Georgia

2,258 Acres

Coastal Georgia

2,214 Acres

Northern Alabama

449 Acres

Southwest Mississippi

240 acres

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What We Stand For

We are a diverse, national coalition of stakeholders in more than 40 states representing the entire conservation easement ecosystem, including land trusts, landowners and others involved in conservation. P4C believes that conservation should be available to all Americans, so we can better protect our most precious land resources for generations to come.

Our Position on IRS Notice 2017-10

The IRS issued Notice 2017-10 on December 23, 2016, designating certain donations of conservation easements by partnerships as a “listed transaction.” P4C has five primary overarching concerns with the Notice, as well as potential solutions.

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Legislative Proposals

Section 170(h) of the Internal Revenue Code has helped preserve millions of acres of land for almost 40 years. With an enhanced conservation easement incentive in 2015, the tax incentive is working as intended – and P4C supports common-sense improvements to continue to empower private conservation for more Americans.

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Best Practices for Private Land Conservation

P4C recommends several best practices our members follow when using private funding to advance conservation efforts in the United States. We encourage any qualified recipients to accept conservation donation easement donations that adhere to these guidelines.

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All Conservation Is Good Conservation

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The United States is home to an extraordinary agricultural landscape. Not only does America’s extremely fertile farmland feed both the country and the world, it also powers state and local economies and international trade. Unfortunately, this farmland faces threats from various economic and demographic pressures, including an ever-expanding population.

Fact Check: The Right Solutions for the Right Diagnosis

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In 2015, Congress took action to help protect some of our nation’s most precious natural resources – from open spaces and wildlife habitats to fresh water and wetlands – permanently preserving a part of the tax code that makes it easier for Americans to donate land for conservation. Known as conservation easements, these donations are legally binding agreements that limit the future development of land and have been essential tools for defending our environment.

Two Exciting Updates

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We wanted to share another great example of the importance of protecting the conservation easement tax incentives that are empowering more private land conservation – and Drew Troyer’s recent opinion piece in the Morning Consult does just that

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The U.S. population is projected to grow by 100 million and the amount of land covered with housing, roads and shopping malls will nearly triple by 2050.

Source: Land Trust Alliance


We lose 6,000 acres of wildlife habitat every day. That’s 2.2 million acres — an area the size of Yellowstone National Park — every year.

Source: Dept. of Forestry at the US Department of Agriculture



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