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Battlefield Conservation News ItemsAirport land to anchor new conservation area - Daily Press12/7/2017 8:47:54 PM
Daily Press Airport land to anchor new conservation area Daily Press Virginia officials want to create a huge new conservation area in York County, anchored by 390 acres of Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport land, to protect a rare type of wetlands and a Civil War battlefield site. The state is proposing to ...
Conservation Easements News ItemsLongtime Amherst attorney closes law office, reflects on 37-year career - Lynchburg News and Advance7/9/2018 8:02:21 PM
Lynchburg News and Advance Longtime Amherst attorney closes law office, reflects on 37-year career Lynchburg News and Advance Impacting Amherst outside the courtroom as well, Martin represented the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway, which nearly four decades ago ceased operating, and bought and donated land that led to the establishment of the Blue Ridge Railway Trail in Piney ...
Mount Vernon launches campaign against Dominion compressor - SoMdNews.com6/29/2018 12:03:18 AM
SoMdNews.com Mount Vernon launches campaign against Dominion compressor SoMdNews.com The fight over a controversial natural-gas powered compressor station in Northwest Charles County has gone interstate following an announcement Tuesday that the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association in Virginia was launching a campaign to oppose its ...
Getting serious about housing affordability - The Hill6/26/2018 11:37:48 AM
The Hill Getting serious about housing affordability The Hill Montgomery County, Maryland relies on conservation easements to prevent urban expansion. Loudoun County, Virginia uses inflexible large-lot zoning rules. Having made housing unaffordable, many cities have responded by making the problem worse.
New Virginia Beach boat tours bring explorers to an 'environmental wonderland' - Southside Daily6/18/2018 4:37:52 AM
Southside Daily New Virginia Beach boat tours bring explorers to an 'environmental wonderland' Southside Daily More than a quarter of the North Landing River Watershed is protected from development because of land acquisitions or conservation easements arranged by governments and nonprofit groups, according to a report from the Nature Conservancy. This ...
Conservation easements here total 2541 acres in '17 - Fauquier Now2/5/2018 11:11:35 AM
Fauquier Now Conservation easements here total 2541 acres in '17 Fauquier Now Conservation easements here total 2,541 acres in '17. The Piedmont Environmental Council's map depicts 2017 easements in orange and previous easements in green. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation holds easements on most of the protected land in ... and more »
Natural gas pipelines clear another hurdle with conversion of Virginia conservation easements - Richmond.com10/16/2017 8:02:55 PM
Richmond.com Natural gas pipelines clear another hurdle with conversion of Virginia conservation easements Richmond.com Two controversial natural gas pipelines that would carve through some of Virginia's most mountainous terrain cleared another hurdle on their way to construction Monday when the Virginia Outdoors Foundation's board approved the conversion of 11 ... and more »
Conservation Markets News ItemsMountain Forest Becomes Classroom Camp in Pipeline Fight - U.S. News & World Report7/8/2018 2:22:30 AM
Mountain Forest Becomes Classroom Camp in Pipeline Fight U.S. News & World Report Now, the mountain ridge is becoming a classroom camp in the escalating battle over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would level the forest and more than 3,000 feet of ridgeline on its 600-mile path from the West Virginia shale fields to natural gas ... and more »
National Park Service awards $2.05 million to protect six Virginia battlefields - WHSV7/6/2018 2:43:58 AM
WHSV National Park Service awards $2.05 million to protect six Virginia battlefields WHSV These grants were awarded through the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program, funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is one of more than a dozen programs operated by NPS that provide states and local ... and more »
Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land Launch National Cox Conserves Heroes Awards - Virginian-Pilot7/2/2018 9:55:09 AM
Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land Launch National Cox Conserves Heroes Awards Virginian-Pilot Celebrating its 10th year, the nomination process is open in eight select Cox markets : Atlanta, Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington. Once a ... Their activity inspires others to engage in community conservation . and more »
A threatened mountain forest in Bath County becomes classroom camp in pipeline fight - Richmond.com6/29/2018 5:50:25 PM
Richmond.com A threatened mountain forest in Bath County becomes classroom camp in pipeline fight Richmond.com Now, the mountain ridge is becoming a classroom camp in the escalating battle over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would level the forest and more than 3,000 feet of ridgeline on its 600-mile path from the West Virginia shale fields to natural gas ...
Senate passes bipartisan Farm Bill to legalize industrial hemp production - Augusta Free Press6/28/2018 6:27:15 PM
Augusta Free Press Senate passes bipartisan Farm Bill to legalize industrial hemp production Augusta Free Press Legalizing industrial hemp production will bring new businesses to Virginia and create jobs,” said the Senators. “In addition, this legislation includes measures to continue successful Chesapeake Bay clean-up efforts, expand farm conservation , and ... Agriculture Energy Coalition Applauds Senate Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill Business Wire all 576 news articles »
Conservation Tax Credits News ItemsConserving the Future: How Easements Shield the Land - The Crozet Gazette4/7/2017 6:45:33 AM
The Crozet Gazette Conserving the Future: How Easements Shield the Land The Crozet Gazette While most land trusts such as The Nature Conservancy and the Piedmont Environmental Council are private agencies, Virginia's easement landscape is dominated by a public entity called the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF). Created by the Virginia ... and more »
IRS Scrutinizes Land-Donation Syndicates Yielding Big Tax Breaks - Wall Street Journal12/29/2016 11:59:23 AM
Wall Street Journal IRS Scrutinizes Land-Donation Syndicates Yielding Big Tax Breaks Wall Street Journal “It's going to make anybody engaging in this think twice,” said Tim Lindstrom, a Virginia tax lawyer critical of syndicated easements. Charitable contributions aren't supposed to be profitable for donors, said Mr. Lindstrom, who has reviewed deals for ... and more »
This $100 billion marketplace benefits business and landowners - GreenBiz12/1/2016 5:05:12 AM
GreenBiz This $100 billion marketplace benefits business and landowners GreenBiz In 2002, an IRS-approved appraisal of developable eco-assets basically doubled the market value of its Canaan Valley property in West Virginia — from $17 million to $33 million. The company sold 12,000 acres to the non-profit Fish & Wildlife ...
Conservation Easement Tax Deductions And Valuation Abuse - Forbes1/14/2016 10:15:54 PM
Forbes Conservation Easement Tax Deductions And Valuation Abuse Forbes Professor Nancy McLaughlin is something of an idealistic attorney, which really is not an oxymoron . She told me that she practiced law early in her career in Virginia and dealt a bit with conservation easements. She noticed a lot of problems and hoped ...
Natural Bridge sold, on path to become state park - Roanoke Times2/6/2014 1:34:17 PM
Roanoke Times Natural Bridge sold, on path to become state park Roanoke Times Angelo Puglisi donated the 215-foot limestone arch, valued at $21 million, to the newly formed Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund and received conservation tax credits estimated to be worth about $7 million along with $8.6 million in cash for the ... and more »
Biscuit and gravy: Lawmakers dodge calls to unshroud millions - The Hook11/29/2011 3:11:46 PM
The Hook Biscuit and gravy: Lawmakers dodge calls to unshroud millions The Hook Although designed to protect family farms from development, Virginia's conservation tax credits , as Biscuit Run amply demonstrated when its former owners snagged $11.7 million of them, can also throw an eight-figure lifeline to speculators. That's a ...
The flip that flopped: Biscuit Run men want $20 million more from taxpayers - The Hook11/9/2011 12:34:17 PM
The Hook The flip that flopped: Biscuit Run men want $20 million more from taxpayers The Hook It turns out that Virginia is one of about a dozen states that allows certain property owners to convert an appraisal into cash. It happens via a program called conservation tax credits . The bigger the appraisal, the bigger the value of the "gift" when ... and more »
Scenic treasure: How conservation lines the pockets of the rich - The Hook3/3/2011 8:47:11 AM
The Hook Scenic treasure: How conservation lines the pockets of the rich The Hook The Virginia Department of Taxation agreed to issue the owners over $11 million more in conservation tax credits , a kind of cash the public might never have known about had not an anonymous tipster leaked documents to the Hook and other media.
Guest Opinion: Are tax credits worth buying? - RichmondBizSense9/17/2010 6:56:58 AM
RichmondBizSense Guest Opinion: Are tax credits worth buying? RichmondBizSense Q: A coworker told me about a money-saving opportunity by purchasing Virginia land preservation tax credits. What is your opinion of this ... Virginia land preservation tax credits are a savvy way for you to save up to 25% on your state tax bill. These ...