Land conservation efforts play a crucial role in preserving this country’s natural beauty and its clean air and water and protecting the habitats of our nation’s wildlife. The enhanced conservation easement incentive has resulted in more private lands being conserved than would ever be possible without it.
In our newly released video, Partnership for Conservation President Robert Ramsay explains that, thanks to conservation easement partnerships, hundreds of thousands of acres of private land and water in the United States are now protected for the American people’s benefit. These conserved lands, which would otherwise be open to development, are now protected for future generations. The incentives mean that more Americans can come together to save and protect a piece of land and preserve its wildlife and habitat, forever. Thousands of American are doing just that.
Despite this success, some would like to undo the progress we’ve made. Their plan would limit conservation easements to the extremely wealthy, curtailing broader conservation efforts. We can’t allow exaggerated claims of abuse to limit who can participate in the all-important work of safeguarding our lands. It’s not who owns the land that determines abuse; it is whether or not our conservation laws have been followed.
With nearly 6,000 acres of natural land lost to development every day, we need more conservation – not less. Partnership for Conservation is committed to fighting back against those who would limit conservation to the very few. Our organization has policy proposals that will give taxpayers and regulators more clarity and open up conservation easements to as many people as possible. Together, we will ensure the integrity of the conservation easements that are vital to protecting this country’s natural beauty.