Salt Lake City, UT -(AmmoLand.com)- On Friday, Dec. 18, the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) applauded congressional passage of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes(PATH) Act, which permanently extends enhanced and expanded tax deductions for donations of conservation easements.
A longstanding legislative priority for MDF, permanent authorization of the deductions will be a powerful tool for creating and protecting mule deer habitat on private lands. The President is expected to sign the legislation into law.
Since first being enacted in 2006, the enhanced deductions have increased donations of conservation easements by a third – allowing for the conservation of critical watersheds, wildlife habitat and working lands, including farms and timberlands.
“The Mule Deer Foundation can’t overemphasize how much we appreciate the large bipartisan coalition of members of Congress who have been relentless in supporting permanent authorization of these enhanced deductions. History will judge this as one of America’s most important achievements on behalf of private lands conservation and America’s sportsmen’s heritage,” said MDF President Miles Moretti.
Permanent authorization of the enhanced deductions is a cost-effective way to facilitate voluntary, private-sector alternatives to government led conservation efforts while also making the tax system fairer and simpler for family farmers, ranchers and forest owners.
The Mule Deer Foundation is the only conservation group in North America dedicated to restoring, improving and protecting mule deer and black-tailed deer and their habitat, with a focus on science and program efficiency. MDF is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. MDF acknowledges regulated hunting as a viable management component and is committed to recruitment and retention of youth into the shooting sports and conservation.
Get involved at www.muledeer.org or call 1-888-375-3337.