Major Conservation Legislation Congress Passed Will Have Local Benefits

JDCF is pleased to announce a bipartisan congressional vote that makes permanent a federal tax incentive supporting land conservation.  Farmers, ranchers, and the public will directly benefit from the incentive that encourages landowners to place a conservation easement on their land to protect important natural, scenic, and historic resources.

JDCF is a member of the Land Trust Alliance, the national land conservation organization that led the campaign to incentivize more land conservation through increased tax benefits to the land owner.  JDCF was among the 1,100 land trusts to support the incentive through a collaborative, multi-year campaign.

“The importance of this vote – and this incentive – cannot be overstated,” said Rand Wentworth, the Alliance’s president. “This is the single greatest legislative action in decades to support land conservation. It states, unequivocally, that we as a nation treasure our lands and must conserve their many benefits for all future generations.”

The incentive grants certain tax benefits to landowners who sign a conservation easement. Conservation easements are voluntary agreements between land owners and local land trusts that permanently limit uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. Lands placed into conservation easements can continue to be farmed, hunted or used for other specified purposes. The lands also remain on county tax rolls, strengthening local economies.

The incentive advanced through Congress as part of the America Gives More Act, a package of tax incentives to encourage charitable giving. The agreement announced last week additionally encourages donations to food banks and facilitates charitable deductions from IRAs.  It was supported by all three legislators from Jo Daviess County; Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

Upcoming Events

Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Galena Gateway Park

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff for a guided tour of Gateway Park.  The walk will take place on mowed trails over rolling terrain.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Powderhouse Hill Rd at 1:00 PM.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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Potluck & Program, “Pests to Protein: Insects & Our Food”

October 5 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Woodbine Bend Golf Course

Going back to the plagues of ancient times, insects have threatened our food.  In today’s gardens and fields, the state-of-the-art method of control is called Integrated Pest Management.  Which bugs are really a threat?  And when and how should we control them?  Our experts will tell you. …  And what about the food value of […] Read More

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Creatures of the Night – Owls & Bats

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Belden School, GTA

Bring the family and explore the nocturnal lives of owls and bats.  This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat.  It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member of the raptor family.  Participants will also get […] Read More

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Owl Prowl at Casper Bluff

December 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve

We will begin the event by examining the contents of owl pellets to see what these nocturnal birds of prey eat.  This will be followed by a night hike through Casper Bluff to identify different owls by their calls.  The family-friendly event is free to the public and RSVP’s are not required.

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