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    but when there are many other conservation groups out there buying land that DON'T support killing predators, why not support them instead?  The ones I linked to in my diary are good starts.

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    by Scott in NAZ on Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 12:25:34 PM PST

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    •  Maybe not such a great start (8+ / 0-)

      The Nature Conservancy has its own "issues", namely a long history of conservation easements of questionable conservation value that have provided tax breaks to wealthy folks, little else.  

      I do not have the links to free articles on the matter, but the Washington Post ran an expose on the Nature Conservancy and it was quite a big deal at the time.
      In the early 2000s high level executives at major corporations who sat on the board of the Conservancy used their positions within the Conservancy to obtain high value easements from their corporations, giving those corporations large federal tax deductions.  In another situation, the Conservancy arranged for oil drilling on lands that were supposedly protecting an endangered species, and the species was harmed.  

      I have concerns about the whole conservation easement model, even though I think the IRS has cracked down a bit on some of these worst abuses.  I believe this is still in many cases more of a tax avoidance tool than a coherent conservation tool.  Not saying that there is no value there, but also consider that we've given up billions in federal tax dollars in return for whatever conservation value has been protected.

      On the other hand, we can see from the map in ban nock's diary that the land that has been donated helps to complete a coherent, contiguous, publicly owned natural area.  I don't have to guess whether this purchase has conservation value to me.  I know that it does.  

      So for me, the Nature Conservancy really isn't high on my list of orgs I would donate to.  But maybe it is a better fit for someone else.  Maybe the RMEF is not a good fit for you because of their stance on wolves.  I guess is that none of these larger charities is likely to be 100% perfect for any of us, but let's not necessarily throw the baby out with the bathwater here.

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