The federal government can help landowners conserve forests primarily by resourcing and expanding existing programs.
Federal government can:
- Fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, expand the Forest Legacy Program, and assess the potential to extend the Conservation Reserve Program to forests.
- Make permanent and enhance the 2006 income tax deduction for conservation easements.
- Establish policies that support the development of markets for ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration and pollution abatement.
- Advance efforts at landscape-level conservation.