Empowering more conservation for all Americans

Who We Are

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.

Pacific Coast in Central Oregon

Central Oregon Coast

60 acres

The Skyline Preserve

Southern California

244 acres

Open space and natural habitat


300 acres

Northern Idaho

853 Acres

Aerial view of coastal property

Coastal Georgia

625 acres

Northern Alabama

449 Acres

lakefront natural habitat in NW Mississippi

Northwestern Mississippi

985 acres

Spring River Watershed

Northeast Arkansas

54 acres

Scenic mountain range

Northwest Nevada

326 acres

Aerial photo of conserved South Carolina coastal plain

South Carolina Coastal Plain

1330 acres

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P4C is interested in joining forces with individuals, organizations, and other groups committed to ensuring and enabling further conservation of our country’s lands, natural resources and biodiversity.

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What We Stand For

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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Latest News And Updates

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Private Conservation Necessary To Protect Endangered Species

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In mid-July, the Trump administration announced its plan to reform the Endangered Species Act as part of its goal to roll back burdensome regulations. The proposal would allow protections for threatened and endangered species to be determined on a case-by-case basis and for officials to take economic impact into account during the decision-making process. These proposed changes reaffirm the importance of the private sector bearing increased responsibility in protecting wildlife habitats and endangered species.

NTU Underscores Dangers Of IRS Overreach

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“Abusive Tax Shelters” or Abuse of Taxpayers? IRS Should Learn Difference Pete Sepp July 16, 2018 National Taxpayers Union “In any case, the IRS’s estimates of “revenue loss” due to the conservation easement deduction have been highly speculative and led to colossal revisions. In March of this year, the IRS…

ICYMI: “Abusive Tax Shelters” or Abuse of Taxpayers? IRS Should Learn Difference

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“Abusive Tax Shelters” or Abuse of Taxpayers? IRS Should Learn Difference Pete Sepp July 16, 2018 National Taxpayers Union “…Recently, however, egged on by a few Members of Congress as well as tax practitioners who’ve made a living off advising clients to set up conservation easements in one particular way,…

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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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