Conservation Easement 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.
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.