We’ve said it before, and it bears repeating: We could not be nearly as effective at what we do without the comprehensive background support of the Land Trust Alliance. From legislative advocacy to accreditation standards to training and networking resources, the Alliance provides services that expand our capacity and protect the conservation incentives that provide “oxygen” for our work.

As a recent example of its advocacy in Washington DC, Alliance lobbying efforts fostered early reintroduction of the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act to this year’s new Congress. The Senate bill, sponsored by a Montana Republican and a Michigan Democrat, would eliminate the ability of partnership investors to use conservation easements as profit-making tax shelters. It’s an encouraging example of sensible bipartisan cooperation in our nation’s capital. You can read more about this development here.

Want to know more about how the Land Trust Alliance supports SJPT and our 1,000+ fellow nonprofit land trusts? Alliance president Andrew Bowman (who is speaking at our Annual Meeting on May 4), explains the basics in this short video: