Many prime pieces of land have already been made un-available to the sportsman, but it’s not too late to keep the outdoor tradition alive. Here are some of the ways you can help promote this important cause:
Be a Corporate Sponsor
If you own a company of any kind and can afford to support our organization by a donation of merchandise to be used in fundraising activities, your generosity can go a long way. We can give your company a tax-deductible receipt, and use the merchandise for auctions, raffles or other events.
If your company is in the outdoors industry you can help yourself by supporting our efforts. Become a proud sponsor of the outdoor heritage through sponsoring our fishing tournaments, dinners or other activities.
Watch for Local Opportunities
You are most familiar with the places in your local area that support hunting and/or fishing that might be a candidate for acquisition or protection by the Sportsmen’s National Land Trust. If you know of a suitable piece of land that is up for sale, or at risk of development, or facing anti-sportsmen restrictions, let us know. Perhaps you know of a senior citizen who owns land and wants it to remain available to future generations of sportsmen to enjoy it as he has.
Any property that is large enough to permit hunting can be a candidate, including property that is considered undevelopable due to wetlands, steep grades, or ledge but supports wildlife and habitat. Forestland, swamps, open meadows, streams, ponds and lakes are all potential candidates. If you bring a potential property to our attention, we will gladly contact the landowner and try to find a way to make this land available for future generations to enjoy the sporting heritage.
Donating land releases landowners from the responsibility of managing the land while providing significant income and estate tax benefits. When land has substantial value, it is difficult to pass it on intact to heirs. When a landowner dies, the heirs may find that the estate taxes, based on the land’s current fair market value, and levied at rates as high as 55% is more than they can pay.
More importantly, the land donor knows the land will be preserved as open space and enjoyed by those who also appreciate the outdoors. If you don’t have land to donate maybe you know of someone who does. Land Donors automatically become lifetime members and receive recognition from the organization.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, the Sportsmen’s National Land Trust can accept your charitable donation and give you the appropriate documentation for a tax-deductible charitable contribution. Check with your tax advisor for specific advice on your particular situation.