Conservation Easement Criteria

Preferred Criteria:
Ownership: The landowner would preferably offer a significant conservation purpose in the granting of the conservation easement, e.g. restriction and/or reduction of development rights.

Land: The land would typically have public trust conservation values that are protected, e.g. wildlife habitat, fertile soil, or clean water.

Security: The conservation easement is irrevocable, and has sufficient stewardship financing to provide monitoring and enforcement in perpetuity.

Supplemental Criteria:
The landowner demonstrates one or more of the following:
Voluntarily implements environmental conservation opportunities.

Cooperates with research and/or restoration of species habitat.

Protects water quality for beneficial uses, especially fisheries and aquatic habitat.

Conserves topsoil and promotes erosion control methods.

Uses organic practices or integrated pest management in agriculture and/or forestry.

Promotes sustainable forestry and agricultural.

Uses environmental evaluation and management systems.

Cooperates with appropriate resource conservation agencies to develop and encourage best management land use practices.

GSLC is a California non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation.