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Land and Water Stewardship - Conservation Incentives

Land and Water Stewardship

Conservation Incentives Program

NOTE:

The Conservation Tax Credit will be eliminated after December 31, 2013.

S.L. 2013-316 repealed G.S. 105-151.12 and G.S. 105-130.34, and eliminates the conservation tax credit effective January 1, 2014. In an effort to provide customer service and improve the quality of the applications for certification, DENR provides (upon request) a preliminary review of a potential project as a way to exchange information prior to donation of property interests. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Scott Pohlman at 919-707-8110.

The Conservation Incentives Program assists landowners and conservation organizations with N.C. Conservation Tax Credits and with information about other state and federal conservation incentive programs.

  • The N.C. Conservation Tax Credit exists as an incentive for private landowners to voluntarily conserve their land, in order to promote conservation of ecosystem functions (fish and wildlife conservation and conservation of natural areas), ecosystem services (farmland conservation) and other public benefits (public access to public trails, waters, and beaches).
  • When a landowner donates a conservation easement or fee simple deed to a qualified recipient, they may receive a tax credit to apply against their state income taxes.
  • The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resource’s responsibility is to certify that the donation results in one or more of the public conservation benefits required by statute.

To access more information about the Conservation Incentives Program and N.C. Conservation Tax Credits, click here.
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