A new guidebook will help municipalities looking to set up a local conservation easement program.
Alberta’s local governments are increasingly being called on to help conserve the province’s ecologically-sensitive and agriculturally valuable lands, but the toolbox for this can seem limited. Some municipalities have turned to the conservation easement tool, working with the landowners in their local community to help them protect these features on private land parcels.
But what is the ‘conservation easement’ tool, and how can municipalities use it?
A new guide by the Miistakis Institute, created as part of the Community Conserve initiative, is aimed at answering those questions. TheConservation Easement Guide for Municipalities is a step-by-step manual for local governments, providing background information on the policy, planning, and financial considerations, and detailed direction on the preparation and administration of a conservation easement program. Alongside the Guide are fact sheets, sample policies, Alberta-based examples, and other support resources.
You can access the Guide and its associated resources free from the Community Conserve website.
Community Conserve is a joint initiative of the Miistakis Institute and the Environmental Law Centre, with the support of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC).