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Federal Legislation: Conservation Tax Incentives and the Land & Water Conservation Fund

In December, the US Congress passed and the president signed into law legislation making the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easement donations permanent.

First enacted as a temporary provision in 2006 (which expired in 2014), the incentive grants certain tax benefits to landowners who sign a conservation easement. 131 more words


Hampton Creek Cove, A Hidden Gem in Tennessee

The 693-acre Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area (HCC SNA) is a breathtaking haven for wildlife with ample opportunity for outdoor recreation. Time spent visiting the pastoral cove, trekking the miles of hiking trails, or fishing cold trout streams will be well spent. 593 more words

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Farm Workshop: The Two-wheel, Walk-behind Tractor

Why choose a two-wheel tractor for your home garden or small farmstead, instead of a standard four-wheel tractor or tiller?

This small but mighty tractor is a versatile investment. 722 more words

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Broad Branch, in the Highlands of Roan

Located less than 2 miles from the Appalachian Trail and the Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens, the 48-acre Broad Branch tract adjoins Pisgah National Forest and contains a broad mix of habitat. 388 more words

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Reeves Homeplace Farm

“This project represents five years of hard work by the land trust, the landowner, and the agencies involved,” said Farmland Program Director William Hamilton. “This farm is representative of agriculture in Western North Carolina, and we are thrilled that the Reeves family will be able to continue owning, living and farming on this land in the future.” 721 more words


Why We Give

As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to thank all of our members, supporters, volunteers, and partners for everything you do to continue protecting the land and water resources of the Southern Appalachians in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. 446 more words


Protecting Farmland in Fairview

This year, SAHC protected a bucolic stretch of land along the Drovers’ Road Scenic Byway in Fairview. We placed 30 acres of fertile bottomland into conservation easements to safeguard the scenic vistas of the valley and working, productive agricultural land. 705 more words

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