New Bill, Same Punitive Measures Targeting Market-Based Conservation Solutions

Partnership for Conservation (P4C) chairman and president Robert Ramsay issued the following statement on the introduction of a new House bill (updated version of HR 1992, now HR 8842) targeting conversation easements:

“There is a new bill number for House legislation targeting conversation easements but it relies on the same misguided measures, including punitive retroactivity and barriers to participation, that Partnership for Conservation (P4C) has strongly opposed. P4C supports solutions to enhance the integrity of all conservation easements while continuing to allow all Americans to participate, but this bill would instead deny due process to thousands of taxpayers, saddle them with a retroactive tax increase going back to 2016 and reduce overall conservation efforts.”

“P4C encourages lawmakers and stakeholders to drop these punitive measures and come to the table to enhance the integrity of all conservation easements with safeguards that strengthen, rather than target, market-based incentives to conserve critical habitats for future generations. We remain committed to working with lawmakers and stakeholders to advance solutions that address the potential for abuse, preserve Americans’ access to this critical conservation tool and protect taxpayers.”


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