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Letter: Appreciated Kind support

Dear Editor,

Our community should know about new legislation, championed by Congressman Ron Kind, (Wisconsin's Third Congressional District) which will preserve a critical tool for land conservation in our area.

The Conservation Easement Incentive Act, H.R. 1831, extends a 2006 tax incentive that has helped willing landowners to conserve about a million acres a year.

Unless Congress acts, this important conservation tool will expire at the end of 2009. I commend Congressman Kind for working to make it permanent and urge conservation-minded landowners to take advantage now of the existing financial tax incentives for putting permanent conservation easements on their land.

Landowners in our community should know that this temporary federal incentive provides significant tax benefits for entering into voluntary conservation agreements. By donating a conservation easement, a landowner gives up future development rights to permanently protect important natural or historic resources. The owners may continue to farm their land, and are free to sell it or pass it on to their heirs.

We'll all benefit from the cleaner water, wildlife habitat and local family farms, which contribute to the high quality of life in the St. Croix Valley and surrounding communities.

Jan Cuccia, Town of Troy

Troy board supervisor