Time is running out for conservation easement tax incentives. Without action by Congress, these popular and effective conservation tools will expire at the end of 2009.
Conservation easements are voluntary and are good for landowners because they lower their tax bills. Ducks Unlimited supports these measures because many of the remaining wetlands in the United States are on private land. Landowners keep their land and waterfowl and wildlife benefit—a true win-win situation.
The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have introduced bills to extend these incentives. Now is the time to contact your members of Congress and ask them to make sure these bills pass before Dec. 31, 2009.