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Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners

Posted: February 11, 2014

Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations We'll use this space to share these items with you.

Estate planning for forest landowners: what will become of your timberland?

The purpose of this book is to provide guidelines and assistance to nonindustrial private forest owners and the legal, tax, financial, insurance, and forestry professionals who serve them on the application of estate planning techniques to forest properties. The book presents a working knowledge of the Federal estate and gift tax law as of September 30, 2008, with particular focus on the unique characteristics of owning timber and forest land. It consists of four major parts, plus appendices. Part I develops the practical and legal foundation for estate planning. Part II explains and illustrates the use of general estate planning tools. Part III explains and illustrates the use of additional tools that are specific to forest ownership. Part IV describes the forms of forest land ownership, as well as the basic features of State transfer taxes and the benefits of forest estate planning. The appendices include a glossary and the Federal forms for filing estate and gift taxes.

Oldest Trees Are Growing Faster, Storing More Carbon as They Age

In a finding that overturns the conventional view that large old trees are unproductive, scientists have determined that for most species, the biggest trees increase their growth rates and sequester more carbon as they age.

Illegal Dump Surveillance Support Pilot Program

In 2013, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful introduced the Illegal Dump Surveillance Support Pilot Program designed to provide surveillance cameras to municipalities or nonprofit organizations in western Pennsylvania to help capture evidence at active, illegal dumpsites. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s surveillance camera packages are now available for proactive municipalities and others who want an easy-to-use, ready-to-mount, cost-effective way to monitor and gather evidence of illegal dumping and vandalism at remote locations.

Encouraging farmers to support pollinators

With a sharp decline in pollinating insects, farmers are being encouraged to grow flowering plants that can support these important insects. It’s a fledgling movement that could help restore the pollinators that are essential for world food production.

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