Federal Policy Issues
Several federal programs have a direct influence on the work of land trusts and private land conservation in Wisconsin, creating incentives for land owners and important matching funds for land protection deals. Photo courtesy of Gil Glib.
Nov 21, 2013
The enhanced conservation tax incentive has helped conserve one million acres per year across the United States since its passage, and it is expiring at the end of 2013. Unless Congress acts, some of the farms and forests that are the essence of America today will become the parking lots and traffic jams of tomorrow. Please make it your top priority to call your U.S. Representative and ask him or her to reach out to their colleague, Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, and ask him to “push hard for making the conservation tax incentive permanent before year’s end.”
Oct 01, 2013
The federal government shutdown is already impacting conservation in Wisconsin. Agencies like the NRCS and US Fish and Wildlife Service cannot provide services to landowners or conservation partners, and organizations that collaborate closely with federal agencies, like the Ice Age Trail Alliance, have been forced to scale back important programming.
Aug 28, 2013
A diverse coalition of conservation, recreation and preservation organizations, including our partners The Nature Conservancy and the Land Trust Alliance, are coming together to oppose cuts to popular and successful programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the Forest Legacy Program and the North American Wetlands Act (NAWCA)--and the near elimination of others like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)