Essex County Countryside Alliance

Farmland lost is farmland lost forever

Virginia General Assembly - Your Action Is Needed Now

January 16, 2013

To All Concerned Middle Peninsula / Northern Neck Land Preservationists,

We are writing to you with a 2013 Legislative Alert, on both the state and federal levels, that could affect the future of the State Land Presentation Tax Credit Program and the Federal Tax Deduction associated with the gifting of Conservation Easements.

1.     With regard to the Commonwealth of Virginia, to date there are six bills filed that relate to Land Preservation Tax Credits.  Of greatest concern to us are House Bills HB2034 & HB2253, both of which would repeal Land Preservation Tax credit in Virginia.   

Please contact Delegate S. Chris Jones who introduced HB2034 at (804) 689-1076, (757) 483-6242 or to let him know you are against HB2034. 

Please contact Delegate David B. Albo who introduced HB 2253 at (804) 689-1042, (703) 451-3555 or to let him know you are against HB2253.  

The full text of all bills and tracking information can be found at that the General Assembly’s Legislative Information System website at   




Please contact Speaker Bill Howell to let him know you support Conservation Easements (804) 689-1028, (540) 371-1612 or

2.     On the Federal level, the Farm Bill, recently passed by both the House and Senate and signed into law, extends the deductibility of conservation easement gifts but only through the end of 2013.  The deductibility remains 100% for qualifying farmers and 50% for others.

Our message is very simple.  If you were considering placing your land in Easement, this is the year.


With the budget problem confronting both the Commonwealth of Virginia and Federal Government, we can take nothing for granted and should take advantage of these tax benefits for conservation while they exist.


Moreover, we can help Governor McDonnell reach his goal of 400,000 acres placed in easement during his term in office by acting this year.


Let us know how we can help you get started if you haven’t already done so.



Peter C. Bance