IRS to Audit Nature Conservancy From Inside
January 17, 2004
By Joe Stephens and David B. Ottaway
Washington Post Staff Writers
The Washington Post
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A team of IRS examiners will move into the global headquarters of the Nature Conservancy in Arlington to begin auditing the charity, the world's largest environmental organization.
A letter sent to the Conservancy by the Internal Revenue Service last month indicates that the audit will be of uncommon scope for a charity, tax specialists said. The memorandum proposes a preliminary meeting between four IRS examiners and the Conservancy's chief financial officer to discuss logistics, communications, telephone access, equipment and accommodations. The IRS will examine 2002 tax returns, the letter said.
"That has no relation to reality," Coda said of the IRS Form 990 filing, during a June 2002 interview in which he acknowledged the errors.
Months later, the Conservancy filed its 2002 tax return -- which again showed that the loans to WEPCO totaled $2.2 million.
Additional related reading (It would seem that The Nature Conservancy and its partners have found a LTCC - Long-Term Cash Cow):
AERC - The Association of Ecosystem Research Centers
The Association of Ecosystem Research (AERC) brings together 39 U.S. research programs in universities and private, state and federal laboratories that conduct research, provide training and analyze policy at the ecosystem level of environmental science and natural resources management. These centers are located in 27 states. Their scientists, who number more than 500, conduct a major share of the ecosystem research in the United States. Although AERC is an association of professional scientists rather than environmental activists, its goals and interests complement those of conservation organizations. Both groups stress the environmental and societal need for wise management of natural resources; AERC scientists provide the scientific information necessary for informed management. Recognizing that the ecological problems confronting our society are large and the means of addressing them are not limitless, the founding institutions set up the AERC in 1987 to seek new ways to pool their scientific resources and undertake a comprehensive integration of their current knowledge. The goal of the AERC is to promote the optimal use of limited scientific resources in the search for solutions to complex, large-scale environmental problems.
Four areas of activity are advocacy, information, education and organization.
Advocacy: the AERC speaks for the needs and uses of ecosystem science to government agencies, Congress and advisory bodies.
Information: the AERC holds seminars and briefings on environmental topics and serves as a source of ecological data and findings relevant to resource management.
Education: the AERC promotes opportunities for training in new methods and in cross-disciplinary approaches and methods.
Organization: the AERC fosters collaboration among member institutions by coordinating initiatives and organizing workshops on topics of mutual interest.
AERC member organizations: http://culter.colorado.edu:1030/%7Eaerc/members.htm
CAR - Core Area Research
CAR/LTER - Core Area Research in Long-Term Ecological Research
'Disturbance Patterns' - http://lternet.edu/coreareas/dist.html
Global Change Master Directory - http://gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov/
GCR - Global Change Research - (excerpted) The study of Global Change is particularly important as it is now clear that human social and economic activities around the world are having an impact that can be measured at the level of the entire Earth and its atmosphere, oceans, and land surface. Human activities are probably the most rapidly changing component among the major regulators of the Earth system, and may -- in the future -- play a dominant role in the regulation of global climate, global biochemistry, and the diversity and stability of global ecosystems. "Our planet and global environment are witnessing the most profound changes in the brief history of the human species. Human activity is the major agent of those changes -- depletion of stratospheric ozone, the threat of global warming, deforestation, acid precipitation, the extinction of species, and others that have not become apparent." - Excerpted from the 1989 report of the National Research Council, 'Global Change and Our Common Future' It is incumbent upon humans to understand how their actions have global effects, and to use that understanding to manage their impacts at the global effects, and to use that understanding to manage their impacts at the global as well as the local level. For this reason, Global Change Research is a high national and international scientific priority. LTER sites are windows to global change. As locations for long-term experiments, LTER sites illuminate interactions among the physical, chemical, and biological components of ecosystems through controlled manipulations. Research at LTER sites spans the range from relatively less-managed landscapes such as arctic tundras, to intensively managed cities and farmlands.
LTER - Long-Term Ecological Research Project http://lternet.edu/
OBFS - Organization of Biological Field Stations - http://gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov/
VCR - The Virginia Coast Reserve http://www.vcrlter.virginia.edu/
VCR outside Links - http://www.vcrlter.virginia.edu/WorldOut.html#afinst
VCR/LTER - The Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research Project
Other Long-Term Ecological Research Projects
Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) in Coastal Ocean Ecosystems
The US Fish and Wildlife Service with the assistance of The Nature Conservancy has inherited the role of stewardship for this globally ... http://sev.lternet.edu/data/contents/SEV066/project/ If that URL doesn't work, try http://sevilleta.unm.edu/ and work from that end.