December 2015 newsletter – big win for land trusts!

Today, Congress passed landmark conservation legislation by making permanent the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easements. This legislation benefits landowners like Trey, Tammie and young Cormac Hagen, who protected their land by donating a conservation easement donated to the McKenzie River Trust. COALITION OF OREGON LAND TRUSTS 2015 Year-end Newsletter NEWS AND MORE FROM THE OREGON LAND  Continue Reading »

Congress makes permanent strong incentive for conservation easements

Friday December 18, 2015 In a strong bipartisan action, the Senate voted 65-33 today to pass the omnibus spending bill that will make the tax incentive for conservation easement donations permanent. This follows yesterday’s 318-109 vote in the House. This legislation has been a federal priority for the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, and it  Continue Reading »

Senator Wyden supports permanent tax incentive for conservation

COLT joins with the Oregon Food Bank and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon to push for permanency to benefit farmers, landowners, and retirees. December 14, 2015 (Oregon Food Bank, Portland, Ore) – Leaders from the Oregon Food Bank, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts joined Senator Wyden today to highlight the importance  Continue Reading »

Joint op-ed: At-risk tax incentives are important to Oregon charities, nonprofits

Op-ed originally published on December 10th, 2015 in The Oregonian By Susannah Morgan (CEO of Oregon Food Bank), Jim White (Executive Director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon), Jeff Clarke (CEO of Philanthropy Northwest), and Kelley Beamer (Executive Director of the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts) As with many states, Oregon has a long, proud tradition  Continue Reading »

Landowners Want to See Expired Tax Breaks for Land Conservation Reinstated and Made Permanent

By Ellyn Ferguson, Roll Call Staff, May 2, 2014. (Original article) Supporters of a generous federal tax deduction for landowners who, in essence, donate property for conservation or preservation are trying to persuade Congress to make the tax break permanent. First, though, they have to get it back on the books; it expired at the end of  Continue Reading »