The Conservation Scam

Conserve and preserve are not synonyms. A comprehensive cookbook will make that clear. It might also alert us to the fact that conserves and preserves are to be devoured later. The processing is a delaying action. How we missed that about land conservation easements and trusts, I don’t know.

It isn’t just Cumberland Island that’s proposed to be subdivided into lots, much as the Roman soldiers disposed of Jesus’ clothes. No, right here in Glynn County we’ve got the examples of the Sea Island Spit, the Cannon’s Point Preserve and now the subdivision of the Sinclair Plantation on Lawrence Road— all exemplars of the conservation scam.

The Deed to the Atlantic Coast Conservancy provides a good description of what is at stake. First and foremost, there is a monetary value that’s recognized “in accordance with Section 170(h)( 4 )(A )(ii) of the Internal
Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.” Somebody gets a big tax deduction and, since the Conservancy is a nonprofit corporation, the public will see at least thirty-three thousand dollars less collected in property taxes, even as public access is denied.

“De minimis” commercial recreational activities, including hunting and fishing, are allowed, but, as the deed states:

Nothing contained herein shall be construed as affording the public access to any portion of the Property….

We the people get to pay and the conservationists get to be exclusive. Why are we currying the parasites in our midst. It’s a scam.