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BS PHOTO blg-903 John Sawhill, CEO of The Nature Conservancy - gekoo.co - Search, Find, Compare and Buy it Now

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The guy who developed Cover-up by Design, "a McKinsey-like map... It was the map he used for salvaging the best of a disjointed organization and knitting it together into a powerful whole." - Bill Birchard.

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PEC allegedly Falsifies Boneta Conservation Easement Documents

PEC allegedly Falsifies Boneta Conservation Easement Documents | Cover-up by Design | Scoop.it
There is evidence that the Piedmont Environmental Council may have falsified the easement documents on the Boneta Farm.
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In Virginia, a bill (HB 1488) is making its way through the General Assembly to provide “accountability and transparency protections for landowners against private land trusts.” The Conservation Dispute Resolution Act is a strange twist where individuals who fight for property rights and less government are asking a state government agency, i.e. the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Virginia Land Conservation Fund (VLCF), to oversee land trusts. Unfortunately, if the situation in Virginia is the same as it is in Kentucky, the VLCF will be part of the problem. The VCLF will have too many conflicts of interest to judge fairly for or against a land trust. A property owner’s best recourse, which may be less than savory, likely remains the court system, as Brenda Pogge, the delegate who actually introduced HB 1488, pointed out: “What I’m wondering, really, is why we are meeting at [Dept. of Conservation and Recreation] and why are we not in criminal court, or civil court, because the things that have been perpetrated on Martha Boneta [Boneta Farm] really rise to a criminal level, and certainly her civil rights have been violated.” The Virginia General Assembly would do a greater service to Virginia’s land owners by shutting down the VLCF, thus less government spending and chances for favoritism and corruption, and disallowing the tax deduction for conservation easements (see http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/land_use/2014/01/takings-and-conservation-easements.html), thus creating lower tax expenditures and forcing land trusts to operate on a for-profit basis, more like banks (see also http://www.newswithviews.com/DeWeese/tom238.htm).

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Conservation easements are a waste of taxpayer money and land

Conservation easements are a waste of taxpayer money and land | Cover-up by Design | Scoop.it
Growing up in the Dakotas, I learned firsthand about the value and many uses of land -- from family farms and real estate development to the spectacular protected wilderness of our national parks.
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Conservation easements restrict development and are costly to the public. On the other hand, a land owner should have the right to protect property from certain forms of development, in which case easements should be permitted and upheld. Although the land owner should have to accept the financial burden of conservation easement, not the public, as it does through tax deductions of conservation easements and the 501(c)(3) status of land trusts. Therefore a land owner who places a conservation easment on a property should have develop sources of funds for the enforcement of the easement and maintain its use restrictions, whether from farm and ranch operations, limited harvesting, limited extraction of natural resources, endowments, or even admission sales, such as those that zoos and many park areas charge. Land trusts provide an important service to land owners to make sure that the desired restrictions and management policies are carried out for however long a trust agreement is in effect, just as banks do for depositors and trust companies do for account holders. Land trusts should also have to operate on a for-profit basis, just as banks and trust companies do. As long as land trusts are able to justify their charitable purpose, which should recieve more frequent review (see http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/zero-based-tax-reform/), then they should not be allowed to re-sell land that has been entrusted to them. It can be donated to another capable and willing land owner, but not re-sold.

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USDA deadline looms for conservation grants totaling $20 million | AgriPulse

Those interested in applying for up to $1 million in conservation or carbon credit project grant funding through USDAÀs Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program must submit their project pre-proposals by Feb. 24.
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These are the kinds of programs deep in the Farm Bill that bring joy and "program service revenue" (http://www.citizenreviewonline.org/june2004/grassley.htm) to The Nature Conservancy. TNC has directly received over $2 million worth of CIGs (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/cigsearch/national/programs/financial/cig/cigsearch/?svsn=National&sRow=580&sort=recEntityName&sOrder=ASC). There are any number of other federal and state programs that TNC milks for program service revenue that annually adds up to tens of millions of dollars (see http://www.nature.org/newsfeatures/pressreleases/500k-grant-for-oyster-sanctuary.xml and http://www.nature.org/newsfeatures/pressreleases/100-million-in-gulf-coast-restoration-funded.xml).

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Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change

Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change | Cover-up by Design | Scoop.it
Driven by a growing environmental movement and mounting pressure from Western consumers, corporate and government leaders are making a new push to slow the cutting of rain forests.
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There's an honest and open approach to managing forests in Brazil that Aliança Comercial LLC. (see http://www.aliancadaterra.org/) takes. There is also the land control and carbon trading approach that the World Bank (http://www.ienearth.org/indigenous-traditional-grassroots-based-organizations-opposing-redd-request-meeting-with-gov-jerry-brown/), TNC (see http://theredddesk.org/countries/actors/nature-conservancy-brazil), and the Conservation Fund (http://www.conservationfund.org/beyond-carbon-benefits-the-talk-of-the-forest-carbon-markets/) take.

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The Nature Conservancy CEO On Entrepreneurship For The Environment - Forbes

The Nature Conservancy CEO On Entrepreneurship For The Environment - Forbes | Cover-up by Design | Scoop.it
The Nature Conservancy CEO On Entrepreneurship For The Environment
Forbes
When Mark Tercek took the reigns as CEO of The Nature Conservancy in 2008 he brought a new perspective.
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Tercek also brings up in his book, “Nature’s Fortune”, the case of Imperial Valley farmers who “buy water at federally subsidized agricultural rates, but sell their surplus to San Diego for far more. This means that this group of farmers can make a profit at taxpayer expense. (pg. 6)” Tercek needs to be very careful about casting stones. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) purchases millions of acres of land at reduced value through federally subsidized “bargain sales” and re-sells the land fee simple to government agencies such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the National Forest Service, etc. TNC calls the transaction a “government co-op.” It has become commonly known as a “flip.” Regardless of the term, it is allowing TNC to make hundreds of millions of dollars in profits at taxpayer expense. From the “shell games” that TNC plays (see http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/nation/specials/natureconservancy/) to Tierra del Fuego (http://www.humanevents.com/2006/06/13/treasury-nominee-hank-paulson-needs-to-answer-some-questions/), Tercek and TNC know a lot more about self-serving, tax loopholes, and other activities that make TNC the land trust version of “Too Big to Fail” (Andrew Ross Sorkin. 2010. NYC: the Penguin Group) than they do about entrepreneurship.

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The giants of the green world that profit from the planet's destruction

The giants of the green world that profit from the planet's destruction | Cover-up by Design | Scoop.it
Naomi Klein: A new movement has erupted demanding divestment from fossil fuel polluters – and Big Green is in their sights
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TNC's Mark Tercek becomes giddy when Judith Rodin and he discuss "impact investment", "smart investment", "big data", "common currency", "long term investment ratings", "restoration bonds", and other such financial jargon (see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-tercek/qa-with-judith-rodin-dial_b_4550893.html), leading to Rodin extolling Tercek for how he "engages the private sector." Tercek keeps Rodin in the dark about TNC's true relationship with the private sector, which is mainly deals with and support from corporations, as Naomi Klein brings to light. TNC's tens of millions in revenue also hinges on the US taxpayer via its 501(c)(3) status, the conservation contribution tax subsidy (see http://www.futureofcapitalism.com/2013/08/another-conservation-easement#), land flips, government grants, and other government fee arrangements.

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NatureVest

NatureVest | Cover-up by Design | Scoop.it
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One of the most prominent names is JP Morgan Chase. It is attracting money through ClimateCare to invest in clean cooking stoves, safe drinking water, and other projects for its "portfolio" (http://climatecare.org/our-projects/). It also owns NatureVest in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. One of NatureVest's projects is the Great Western Checkerboards Project ( http://www.naturevesttnc.org/North-American-Land-Conservation.html). The project has so far cost $134 million and covers 257 square miles. TNC and NatureVest have other ambitions: "The Nature Conservancy launched its impact capital strategy in 2010 with support from the Robertson Foundation that continues today, and built a global network with subsequent support from the Jeremy & Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust. In early 2014, with founding sponsorship from JPMorgan Chase & Co., NatureVest was launched as a concerted effort to change the way we invest in nature."

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State budget raids KY nature license plate fund

State budget raids KY nature license plate fund | Cover-up by Design | Scoop.it
Heritage Land Conservation program forced to put new acquisitions on hold
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The Kentucky Land and Heritage Conservation Fund needs to stay empty anyway and the board disbanded. If Griffith Woods in Harrison County is any indication of the double standards that the fund's board sets and its ability to be influenced by other government agencies and NGO"s, then the board is failing to act for the good of conservation in Kentucky. Meanwhile, the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission is severely underfunded: "The Commission achieved significant accomplishments in the last biennium despite the fact that we have lost nine permanent staff since 2008. Attrition has been heaviest in the Nature Preserves Stewardship Branch, reducing it from six permanent full-time staff to only two! It is an IMPOSSIBLE task for two people to manage 64 state nature preserves encompassing 27,663 acres (see http://naturepreserves.ky.gov/Documents/KSNPC_ExecutiveSummary_BiennialReport_2015.pdf)." KSNPC needs more support from Kentucky's legislature, and KLHCF needs the ax. 

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House Passes Kelly-Sponsored Conservation Easement Incentive Act | Congressman Mike Kelly

House Passes Kelly-Sponsored Conservation Easement Incentive Act | Congressman Mike Kelly | Cover-up by Design | Scoop.it
House Passes Kelly-Sponsored Conservation Easement Incentive Act http://t.co/qB6OBAJp2t
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Rather than risky business (see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-tercek/qa-with-henry-paulson-dia_b_5760924.html), Mark and Henry need to talk about how conservation easements have made TNC one of the richest 501(c)(3)'s in the world and the many ways Henry helped TNC get there, including mothering over President George W. Bush http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2010/02/george_w_bush_was_like_a_mothe.html) while he signed the Pensions Protection Act  in 2006 to temporarily increase the rate for a tax deduction for a conservation easement from 30% to 50% of AGI (see http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2006/08/20060817-1.html). TNC's status as a 501(c)(3) is dubious business at best (see http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/22783-the-tax-code-in-action-charity-starts-at-the-top# and http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/opinion/the-charitable-industrial-complex.html?_r=1&).

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Can America’s Grasslands Be Saved?

Can America’s Grasslands Be Saved? | Cover-up by Design | Scoop.it
As America’s Great Plains are converted to the production of corn and soybeans, the result is a dramatic change that is eating away at our carbon storage reserves.
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Many environmental experts and policy makers like Ashley Rood paint their programs as "market-based solutions" without recognizing direct government support, which in this case is money coming from the USDA, and that the US taxpayer is footing the bill for the bulk of their organization's operations and activities. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is especially guilty of promoting the "market-based approach" (Mark Tercek. Nature's Fortune, pg. 4. 2013. Philadelphia: New York City: Basic Books.), yet TNC is grossly dependent on government subsidies and spending and hoards its millions worth of income behind its non-profit status.

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Monsanto and The Nature Conservancy | The Nature Conservancy

Monsanto and The Nature Conservancy | The Nature Conservancy | Cover-up by Design | Scoop.it
Learn more about the partnership between Monsanto and The Nature Conservancy.
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"I just remembered this...but a fundamental step used by TNC field staff for a controlled burn to restore native grasses was saturating the fescue with Round-up first.  Glyphosate...good for Monsanto and TNC, bad for every other species." -- LM, former TNC employee. Jon Rappoport reports not only on the serious risks associated with the use of Roundup (http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/boycott-ban-criminalize-roundup/), but also on TNC condoning the practice (http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/exposed-the-judge-in-the-monsanto-maui-lawsuit-is-tainted/). The Organic Consumers Association makes the suggestion to TNC that it "get out of bed with Monsanto (http://t.co/o4xGtthC4g)"!

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The ocean is broken

The ocean is broken | Cover-up by Design | Scoop.it
A Newcastle sailor's trip across the Pacific Ocean after the Japan tsunami was frighteningly similar to a nightmare.

Via Naif Naeem
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The billions being poured into environmental NGO's such as The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Conservation International (CI), Environmental Defense Fund (ED), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and World Wildlife Fund-US (WWF-US) are supposed to be preventing this sort of thing. Christine MacDonald writes in Green, Inc. (pg. 17) "How much money is spent and how much more it would take to save the planet's biodiversity are matters of debate. There is little doubt, however, that today's conservation efforts have grown to a magnitude unimaginable." TNC, et al. appear to be proving that they are better at protecting their corporate supporters and partners than they are at protecting the environment and natural resources.

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Register v. The Nature Conservancy

Register v. The Nature Conservancy | Cover-up by Design | Scoop.it
US Dist. Court, ED Kentucky, Civil Action No. 5:13-77-DCR, December 9, 2014: Charitable gift restricted by oral contract but claimed restriction violation goes to jury At issue were whether a contr...
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