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National Trust Signs Coalition Letter to Encourage Conservation Easement Trust Fund
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Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.nthp.org

On September 25, the National Trust signed a coalition letter that includes the Land Trust Alliance, Society for American Archaeology and the American Farmland Trust, among others, to the Senate Finance Committee leading up to its consideration of an agricultural tax bill next week.  The letter encourages the Committee to "include a conservation provision that provides at least $3.3 billion in offsets that will be placed in a conservation easement program trust fund, with a lock box provision allowing the funds to be used only for implementation of the...Farmland Protection Program and Working Grasslands Protection Program..."  The National Trust is working closely with the Society for American Archaeology to ensure sufficient funding is available for the Farmland Protection Program and Working Grasslands Protection Program because Senator Tom Harkin's (D-IA) draft farm bill and a proposed alternative include the phrase "contains historical or archaeological resources" as eligible lands in both programs while the House-passed bill only includes the language in the Farmland Protection Program. 

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to mark-up its agriculture tax package next week.  Although unlikely at this point, the Senate Agriculture Committee is expected to mark-up next week as well. 

Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust


Keywords: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Farm Bill, Land Trust Alliance, Society for American Archaeology, American Farmland Trust

Posted: October 2, 2007
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