Accreditation: National Seal of Excellence
“Excellence requires passion, focused effort and a belief that we’re making a difference in people’s lives,” shared David Clutter, executive director of Driftless Area Land Conservancy, “It’s exciting to let folks know, particularly the landowners and local communities we serve, that we’re seeking a seal of excellence through a national accreditation process.”
Preparation for Accreditation began in the spring of 2013 for Driftless with an intense period of review throughout the whole organization. Officially, the process started in May of 2015 and will continue through the spring of 2017. Click here for more information regarding Accreditation and the Public Comment Period.
Improved Tax Incentive Benefits Landowners
Landowners who donate a qualified agreement can deduct 50% of their Adjusted Gross Income, and spread that deduction over 15 years (or until the value is used up). Qualifying farmers and ranchers can deduct up to 100 percent of their income. Find more detail here.
Donating a voluntary conservation easement (also called conservation agreement) can be one of the smartest ways to conserve the land you love, while maintaining your private property rights and possibly realizing significant federal income tax benefits.
Putting a conservation agreement into place may lower the market value of your property, but that amount can be deducted as a charitable donation. Congress recently made permanent a federal conservation tax deduction that offsets some of that loss in property value, making conservation a viable option for more landowners.
What Your Support Makes Possible
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New Easy Access to the Erickson Wildlife Area!
Now that the boardwalk is finished you can keep your feet dry during your next visit.
It seems we find new plants and animals each time we are there, including cranes, pelicans, numerous butterflies and dragonflies, beautiful wetland flowers, graceful sedges, turtles and frogs.
The Erickson Wildlife Area is located in Argyle, about 45 miles southwest of Madison. Once you find your way to Argyle, turn into the American Legion Community Park, just off of Hwy 78 and south of the school. Park as far back as you can and walk west across the lawn to the start of the boardwalk.
Find more information and a map here. We hope to see you at the Wildlife Area soon!