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Connemara Conservancy easement Strain Family Farm

Among the more than 6,000 acres protected by Connemara are 121 acres of the Strain Family Farm in Dallas County. For over 100 years the Strain family has farmed this land near Lancaster. Today the family is dedicated to preserving open space as well as the agricultural history, culture and character for future generations.

All of us at the Connemara Conservancy want to thank everyone that made 2016 such a special year for land conservation in North Texas. [Read more…]

Texas U.S. Senator John Cornyn needs to hear from you!

Perhaps more than in any other state, Texas prides itself on the private ownership of land.  This isn’t a state where the federal government will be coming in with a grand plan for a large National Park.

If we want to continue enjoying wide open spaces, however, and if we want our cash-strapped ranchers and farmers to be able to keep producing the food we eat, then something must happen to make sure that land conservation remains a reality here at home.

Our quality of life depends on it!

The enhanced tax incentive for land conservation is the predominant tool we have in Texas to conserve land.  We need your help to make sure it doesn’t go away.

You CAN help, and you can do it today.

The U.S. Senate leadership will soon be considering a bill that protects the charitable giving incentives that mean so much to all non-profits and makes the easement incentive for land conservation a permanent part of the tax code.   It passed in the U.S. House of Representatives with bi-partisan support!

Now is the time for Senator John Cornyn to know that this matters to you.  Only during the post-election “lame duck” session of Congress can this happen.  We only have until December 31st.

Please Contact Senator Cornyn today!  

Your message can be short and simple: “Senator Cornyn, land conservation matters to me as a resident of the great state of Texas.  Please vote “yes” in support of the easement incentive for land conservation.”

There are several ways you can make your voice heard:

Email Your Support Here:

http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm

Call his North Texas office: 972-239-1310

Call his Washington, DC office : 202-224-2934

For more information about the tax incentive and other conservation issues, contact the Land Trust Alliance at www.lta.org.

 

New report highlights alarming loss of land in North Texas

Rooftops2 copySocial investing in land conservation via Connemara is an investment in our region’s economy, drinking water and quality of life for the sake of ourselves and those who will live after us.

The third edition of Texas Land Trends provides information to public and private decision-makers with timely information to support the conservation of Texas working lands. It is published by the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources every five years, following the availability of the USDA NASS Census of Agriculture data.  This year it includes an interactive website that illustrates where Texas is losing land at an alarming rate.

Would you be surprised to hear that every county that borders Tarrant County and Dallas County lost significant amounts of land due to rapid growth?  Frisco ranked 2nd as the city in Texas to lose the most to development.

The bottom line is this:  no land = no food, no quality drinking water, no quality of life in North Texas.  Connemara is here to protect those basic needs of daily survival by working with landowners on smart land use options right here in North Texas.  It’s not a matter of “will development happen.”  It’s a matter of how it’s done.

Visit www.txlandtrends.org to read more about the dramatic loss of land and its impact on all of us.

 

The urgent need to keep open spaces open

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Occasionally we come across an article that is so important and inspiring that we have to share it. Such is David K. Langford’s recent guest blog for the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation on the critical role that open space plays today and will play in the future in maintaining our water supply.

“We are reaching a point in Texas where simply standing on common ground is not enough. The lives of urban and rural Texans are irreversibly intertwined,” David writes. “Whether our roots are planted in the soil or our foundations are built on concrete, we must come to understand that as the land goes, so goes the water—and life as we know it.”

We urge you to click here to read this important blog today.

 

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