Conservation Easement Criteria
Ownership: Any stakeholder needs to provide a significant conservation outcome in the granting of the conservation easement, e.g. restriction and/or reduction of development rights.
Land: The land would typically contain certain conservation values that can be protected, e.g. wildlife or plant habitat, fertile soil, or clean water.
Security: The conservation easement once recorded is irrevocable, and has sufficient stewardship financing to provide monitoring and enforcement in perpetuity.
The landís stakeholder needs to demonstrate one or more of the following:
• Implementation of an environmental conservation plan.
• 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.
• Uses environmental evaluation and management systems.
• Cooperates with appropriate resource conservation agencies to develop and encourage best management land use practices.