California Wetlands Information System

Leases



A landowner who is not in a position to grant a conservation easement or assume wetland management responsibilities under a management agreement may be able to lease the wetland area to a conservation agency or nonprofit organization for active management. A lease gives to the lessee the right of access and any other rights, as agreed upon, to provide for proper management of the land. It takes effect for a specified period, usually 15 to 25 years, and can be drafted to cover only specific purposes or a broad range of uses. The lease can be donated or entered into in exchange for rental payments. It can provide for long-term protection and management of land, but does not require an interminable commitment on the part of either the landowner or the conservation group.

Leases are one possibility under the Wildlife Conservation Board's Inland Wetland Conservation Program.


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