Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Private Land is Sacred

  One of the best aspects of conservation easements is that the preserved land remains in private hands.  In this age of centralized government, controlled by the few and powerful, it is important to remember that every powerful nation in history at some point loses its leadership role.  Maintaining private land ownership is central to our history and our success.  Where national leadership has exerted their power in the taking of private land, invariable disaster occurs.  The largest organizations in conservation are sustained by land sales to the government.  This is not healthy long term.  Private land is sacred.  The right to preserve it and claim the opportunity lost for tax purposes is also right, good, and the law.  
  At its core, the conservation easement fiscal incentive celebrates all that is good in America.  Individual freedom, exercising our rights to exploit our resources or not to, is what makes our country great.  Through proper use of the fiscal incentives provided by Congress, Americans can create a greener, healthier, and more sustainable future.  While the National Park Service wonders how it will pay for its $12 billion of deferred maintenance, we must wonder how can we protect the landscapes and wildlife we love, for future generations.  Conservation easements are the one tool available to every land owner to do their part for the future.
  The purpose of the Preservation Group is to bring the benefits of conservation incentives to a wider and wider audience of investors.  Without the work of PG, the transaction costs and access to this type of real estate investing prevents many investors from participating.  Utilizing the strategies outlined in our book investors can understand that their income can be increased, that land can be preserved, and that future profitability of land ownership can be enhanced.  This is a new and better way to invest for the future.

Thank you John Muir for this quote:

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

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