February 17, 2015 – weekly land trust news
First off, for those who haven’t heard, last week the US House of Representatives passed HR 644, the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2015 (short title, the America Gives More Act of 2015) by a vote of 279-137. This bill includes making permanent the enhanced conservation easement tax incentive, and the vote is a big victory for conservation.
The voting result (279-137) is right at the 2/3rd majority mark for those who voted. All Oregon Democratic representatives voted ‘no’, while Rep. Walden voted ‘yes’. This party-line vote was consistent with the rest of the House as well, and mirrors the vote of last summer’s 2014 American Gives More Act. Here’s the full voting list.
Before the vote, the White House issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) opposing the bill, going so far to say — once again — that the President would veto it as it stands. For an explanation on why this is, this article from the Nonprofit Quarterly about last year’s situation is very helpful.
COLT, LTA, and a host of other partners, however, are not daunted by this. The focus now is on the Senate, as well as working with the White House to change their position on the bill. We are hopeful, and will keep you posted.
On to other news:
Upcoming grants, deadlines, and events
- NRCS’s Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) due by February 24th.
- “CIG enables NRCS to work with other public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches to address some of the Nation’s most pressing natural resource concerns.”
- Upcoming helpful webinars for nonprofits: NEW
- COLT and LTA’s new Advocacy Grant applications are due by February 27th
- Application materials and program guidelines can be downloaded here in a PDF-form-ready file.
- North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants due February 27th and July 7th
- 2015 Land Camp registration is now open! Register now, as the limited spaces will fill up fast.
- See a draft program outline
- Hurry! Space is filling up fast! Not many places left!!
- April 20th or 21st: OWEB’s Restoration and Technical Assistance applications are due.
Oregon Land trust news from this past week NEW
- The first fish to do so, the Oregon chub comes off Endangered Species List!!
- The Wetlands Conservancy has a fantastic new website!
- Wallowa Land Trust’s East Moraine project ranks 10th nationally in the President’s budget for Forest Legacy funding
- Recent story from the Wallowa County Chieftain
- One more from Northeast Oregon Now, with a great quote from Sen. Ron Wyden:
- “The protection of this geological icon is just the latest great example of the value provided by the Forest Legacy grant program, and one more reason why I’m pulling out all the stops with colleagues from both parties to re-authorize the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.”
- Southern Oregon Land Conservancy produces free birding brochure for their Oredson-Todd Woods project (now city-owned), and featured in the local press.
Misc. news and information