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ACE Basin gateway protected and opening to the public

CHARLESTON, S.C. – May 27, 2016 – Driving along US Highway 17, the transition from the rapidly developing areas of West Ashley, Johns Island and Ravenel to the open forest and marsh lands of the ACE Basin is dramatic. Thanks to a conservation-minded partnership effort, commuters on the Savannah Highway will have a new park to enjoy, and the Lowcountry will have 638 additional acres of protected open space.

Conservation programs included in tax and spending bills

Leaders on Capitol Hill announced they had reached a year-end deal on a tax extenders bill and an omnibus spending bill, which would fund the government for FY16. Many provisions integral to conservation were included in both bills, which if passed could be a huge win for sportsmen, fishermen, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts

Score on Tax Incentives

This month the Senate tackled expired tax provisions, including those on tax incentives for conservation easements.

ACE Basin Task Force Celebrates 25 Years of Lowcountry Conservation

The ACE Basin Task Force is composed of multiple public and private entities that share a common interest in preserving the habitat and outdoor heritage of the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto river basins. Springing from the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Atlantic Coast Joint Venture, the original ACE Basin Task Force partners were Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Nature Conservancy, and local private landowners.

Miss. lawmakers tour conservation easements, restoration projects

On May 30, 2014, DU policy staff from both the Southern Regional Office and the Governmental Affairs Office, in conjunction with Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP), hosted a conservation field tour for congressional staffers and others.

New research from DU’s Great Plains Region guides future grassland easement priorities

Johann Walker, DU director of conservation planning for the Great Plains Region (GPR), is the lead author of a research paper that introduces a new adaptive strategy for securing conservation easements in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR).

Bipartisan bill encourages protection of privately owned lands

Lead co-sponsors Reps. Jim Gerlach (PA) and Mike Thompson (CA) introduced a bipartisan bill in July to provide permanent tax incentives for conservation easements (H.R. 2807).

Land and Water Conservation Fund gets boost in proposed budget

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 10, 2013 – Conservationists, ranchers and private landowners in the Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area (DGCA) have reason to be cautiously optimistic about the president’s proposed budget due to possible increases in conservation easement funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This proposal could benefit landowners in the Dakotas and provide much-needed voluntary incentives to protect prairie habitat. Ducks Unlimited has been a staunch supporter of the DGCA since its 2011 inception.

North Platte River Wetlands Grant Approved

In September, 2012, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission notified PRBE that they approved the North Platte River Wetlands project proposal. This approval will grant $1 million to restore and protect important wetland habitat along the river.

Conservation: The Easement Advantage

Conservation easements are a powerful tool for protecting threatened waterfowl habitat on private lands

More to be done in remaining lame duck session

The 112th Congress has as little as two weeks to close out business and pass legislation. If priorities remain unfinished by the end of December, legislators will have to start from scratch in January when the 113th Congress begins their two-year tenure.

Senate staffers tour Idaho conservation easement

On Aug. 7, Ducks Unlimited met with two of Sen. Mike Crapo's (ID) key staff members; representatives of the Southern Idaho Land Trust (SILT); and John Shaw, owner of Hagerman Wings Farm (HWF), in Hagerman, Idaho, to discuss the merits of tax incentives associated with donated conservation easements.

DU Acquires First Conservation Easement in Northeast California

DU recently partnered with the Wood family to acquire its first conservation easement in northeast California, a 1,781-acre perpetual easement on the Leavitt Lake Ranch and the Wood Ranch.

Expiration of enhanced tax incentives could mean less conservation easement activity in 2012 after banner year in DU's Southern Region

With the looming expiration of enhanced easement tax incentives on Dec. 31, Ducks Unlimited's Southern Region experienced a banner year for donated conservation easements.

Policy News 3-21

Passage of NAWCA reauthorization bill critical to program's future; Shell Oil contributes half-million dollars to Gulf Coast restoration; Conservation Easement Incentive Act introduced in House with strong support

Ducks Unlimited Receives Highest Mark of Distinction in Land Conservation

DU receives highest mark of distinction in land conservation with accreditation approval from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

Forever Wild

Conservation easements are a powerful tool for protecting vital waterfowl habitat on private lands. Ducks Unlimited's land protection program helps landowners conserve their habitat for wildlife and future generations.

GLARO Lands Program

DU's private lands program in the Great Lakes/Atlantic Region

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