Policy & advocacy

  • Policy & advocacy

    Group gets conservation easement despite political opposition

    By Corey Himrod August 30

    Attacks on voluntary private land conservation are nothing new, most recently manifesting around the Biden administration’s commitment to 30x30, falsely portraying its conservation incentives — things like increased funding to help accelerate private land conservation — as a federal land grab that tramples the rights of landowners.

  • Climate change Policy & advocacy

    Revamped reconciliation bill invests in natural climate solutions

    By Chelsea Welch August 13

    In an unexpected move last week, Senate Democrats announced a deal on a budget reconciliation package focused on energy and climate. In fact, if passed, it would be the largest ever federal investment in climate action and has the potential to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030. That’s good news for our planet, and the $369 billion dollar bill, titled the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, also is great in many ways for private land conservation and the land trust community.

  • Policy & advocacy

    Biden administration pledging $1 billion for conservation

    By Kirsten Ferguson July 12

    Earlier this year, the White House announced the $1 billion America the Beautiful Challenge to support community-led efforts to conserve and restore lands and waters across the country. The initiative will leverage federal funding to protect rivers and coastlines, connect wildlife corridors, restore forests and grasslands, improve climate resilience, and expand access to nature through a “one-stop shop” to apply for funding.

  • Policy & advocacy

    New York rallies to join the push for 30x30

    By Marguerite Royo May 18

    In Jan. 2021, President Biden issued an executive order that pledged to conserve at least 30% of lands and waters in the U.S. by 2030. The goal of this 30x30 initiative is to address the climate crisis by safeguarding biodiversity, protecting clean air and water, increasing carbon sequestration, protecting habitats, and promoting greater climate resiliency. Research shows that this is the minimum level of conservation needed to mitigate the worst effects of climate change globally.

  • Policy & advocacy

    Increasing federal support for community climate resilience

    By Chelsea Welch April 27

    In exciting news for land trusts, the House of Representatives passed the Resilient AMERICA Act, H.R. 5689, earlier this month.

  • Policy & advocacy

    Infrastructure bill makes climate progress

    By Chelsea Welch November 21, 2021

    President Biden signed into law this month the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. And that’s great news for land conservation.

  • Policy & advocacy

    New investments in conservation

    By Chelsea Welch August 25, 2021

    The U.S. Senate passed a $1 trillion infrastructure package this month with some welcome provisions for the land trust community.

  • Policy & advocacy

    Senate acts on climate

    By Chelsea Welch July 2, 2021

    Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the Growing Climate Solutions Act with a resounding vote of 92-8, delivering a big win for farmers and foresters in addition to the climate.

  • Policy & advocacy

    Let's safeguard taxpayers and encourage conservation

    By Andrew Bowman June 24, 2021

    The Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act — legislation that would halt abuse in the federal conservation easement program — was reintroduced today in Congress.

  • Policy & advocacy

    Administration supports natural infrastructure for disaster preparedness

    By Lori Faeth June 2, 2021

    As our nation heads into another hurricane season and the threat of wildfire in drought-impacted parts of our country grows, disaster preparedness is front of mind for many.