You can directly benefit from the tax incentive that encourages landowners to place a conservation easement on their land to protect important natural, scenic and historic resources like Mianus River Gorge.
In a strong bipartisan action, the House voted 318-109 and the Senate voted 65-33 on December 18 to pass the bills that included the tax incentive.
First enacted as a temporary provision in 2006, the incentive is directly responsible for conserving more than 2 million acres of America’s natural outdoor heritage. The incentive grants certain tax benefits to landowners who sign a conservation easement. Such private, voluntary agreements with local land trusts permanently limit uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. Lands placed into conservation easements can continue to be farmed, hunted or used for other specified purposes. The lands also remain on county tax rolls, strengthening local economies.
Once signed into law, the incentive will be applied retroactively to Jan. 1, 2015. An earlier version of the incentive expired Dec. 31, 2014.
For more information on how Mianus River Gorge can help protect and manage your property—or a portion of it—please call Rod Christie, (914) 234-3455. Mianus River Gorge currently holds nearly 20 conservation easements with local property owners.
Thank you to the Land Trust Alliance for the words in this post. Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents more than 1,100 member land trusts supported by more than 100,000 volunteers and 5 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C. and operates several regional offices. Mianus River Gorge is accredited by the Land Trust Alliance.