Municipal Conservation Easement Program
A Guide to help municipalities create a conservation easement program
The Issue / Idea
How can municipalities help landowners conserve their land for the future by using a conservation easement?
Flagstaff County in east-central Alberta has been working towards better protecting the valuable landscapes within its communities. After being approached by a local landowner about granting a conservation easement to the County, Flagstaff approached Miistakis about helping them establish a Conservation Easement program (municipalities are ‘qualified organizations’ under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act, eligible to hold conservation easements).
Working with the County’s Agricultural Service Board, Miistakis helped them draft a conservation easement bylaw, and tailor the policy to their draft Municipal Development Plan.
Once the decision was made to go ahead with implementation, Miistakis worked with the County to identify the conservation goals, and specific administrative needs. Miistakis then developed several implementation resources including a program procedures manual, a conservation easement template, a Baseline Documentation Report manual and template, a monitoring template, and several other templates and resources.
Flagstaff County is now moving ahead to negotiate conservation easements with interested ratepayers in their community.
Flagstaff County Conservation Easement Program: Procedures Manual
Flagstaff County Conservation Easement Program: Conservation Easement Checklists
This project was undertaken by
The Miistakis Institute