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.
This file last modified on: Tuesday, November 26, 2002.
Document URL: http://resources.ca.gov/wetlands/introduction.html
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