Our Mission

 

Partnership for Conservation’s mission is to ensure the long-term availability and integrity of conservation easement donations for all Americans, make certain that decision makers and the public are well-informed on the importance of conservation easements and the related federal tax incentives, and to ensure open and unbiased coordination among stakeholders to maximize conservation for all generations.

Who We Are

We are a diverse, national coalition of stakeholders working to ensure the long-term availability and integrity of conservation easement donations. Our members include individuals, private companies, land trusts, sportsmen’s organizations, and conservation groups. We are committed to supporting the highest professional standards in land conservation.

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P4C Goals

Our organization focuses its resources on three key areas of activity:

INTEGRITY

We stand for the highest level of integrity and best practices in private land conservation through conservation easement donations and Section 170(h).

OUTREACH

We conduct outreach to help educate decision makers and the public about the importance and success of conservation easement donations.

ADVOCACY

We advocate for the effective, fair and compliant implementation of land conservation under Federal rules, with the objective of maximizing the conservation of land to benefit future generations.

 

 

Our Leadership

Founder, Partnership for Conservation

Frank Schuler

Frank Schuler founded the Partnership for Conservation (P4C) to help encourage the private sector to participate in land conservation throughout the United States. Frank works to bring together conservation stakeholders, lawmakers and regulatory agencies to ensure the highest possible standards for private land preservation in order to protect America’s natural resources and environment. Prior to founding P4C, Frank spent 15 years as the President and Chief Operating Officer of a real estate investment and development company, through which he helped to preserve thousands of acres of land and vital habitat for endangered species. He is currently on sabbatical with the firm, instead focusing his time and energies leading P4C and advocating for private conservation and a healthier balance between the interests of the environment and business.

Founder, Heritage Preservation Trust

George C. Thornton

A lifetime conservationist and outdoorsman, George Thornton is the founder of the Heritage Preservation Trust, a non-profit organization that protects historic buildings, promotes community development in small towns, and holds conservation easements on protected lands. In previous roles, George served for nine years as the CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and prior to that was the CEO of Agrilance. Under George’s leadership, the NWTF’s “Save the Hunt” habitat initiative mentored young people in outdoor activities with the objective of protecting and preserving 1.5 million acres of land. He currently serves as a director of the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and is a past member of the White House Hunting Heritage and Conservation Council, and the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports.

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Compatible Land Foundation

Drew D. Troyer

Drew D. Troyer is the co-founder, Chairman of the Board, and Director of Strategy for the Compatible Lands Foundation, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based 501(c)(3) land trust that conserves land throughout the country. Drew is a champion for preserving our nation’s national resources for future generations. He began his conservation work over 10 years ago as a co-founder and board member of the Oklahoma Land Legacy. Drew works with landown-ers through the Compatible Land Foundation to create buffers around military installations where incompatible development might interfere with the training and preparation of our servicemen and women. He also helps to steward land with significant conservation value and high carbon sequestration value. In addition to spending the last 10 years in land conservation, Drew has 25 years of experience in engineering and holds an MBA.

Attorney, McRae, Smith, Peek, Harman & Monroe, LLP

Brian R. Bojo

Brian R. Bojo is a real estate attorney with more than a decade of experience qualifying conservation easement donations and helping landowners implement conservation easements. Brian's law firm advises landowners, land trusts, appraisers, and property managers on conservation and the preservation of land. His team has permanently preserved over 60,000 acres of land across the United States. Brian and his partners have also worked with many land trusts around the country to ensure they have the stewardship resources and plans necessary to manage the conservation property now and into perpetuity.

Vice President, Pinewood Atlanta Studios

Brian Cooper

Brian Cooper is Vice President of Pinewood Atlanta Studios and also heads Pinewood’s environmental sustainability program. Brian is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, but has called Georgia his home since 2000. He is an avid hunter and co-chairman of the Fayette County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. As a board member of a Georgia-based land trust, Southern Conservation Trust, Brian has helped oversee the institution of best practices and standards for reviewing and considering conservation easement donations. Brian’s land trust has conserved tens of thousands of acres of land in Georgia and the southeast United States.

100,000,000

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

2,200,000

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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