Management agreements are used to formalize a variety of arrangements, made
between a government resource agency or nonprofit organization and a
land-owner, to achieve habitat improvement along with long-term management
private land. Management agreements usually center on an approved
management plan, which is developed by field staff together with the
landowner prior to formalizing the agreement. The management plan specifies
the restoration or management practices the landowner will undertake. In
exchange for implementing and maintaining these improvements over a period
of time, the landowner receives partial financial compensation and
technical assistance. Management agreements vary as to the proportion of
costs paid to the landowner, the management focus, and the types of
activities that can be funded. More than one project can usually be
undertaken on a property, if desired, in agreements with one or more agency
or nonprofit group.
Some of the practices that management agreements encourage may benefit the
landowner as well as the plants and wildlife that depend on wetlands. For
example, when grain cropland is flooded during the winter to attract
waterfowl, its value for crops can improve. The waterfowl and freshwater
invertebrates help to break down crop residue and add nutrients to the
soil. Creation or enhancement of wetland areas can also reduce loss of soil
to erosion, improve groundwater recharge, or constitute part of a tailwater
recovery system (a method of storing and reusing irrigation runoff). In
addition, the landowner may be able to lease flooded cropland for waterfowl
For landowners who are not prepared to make a permanent commitment to
protecting land for conservation, a management agreement provides an
opportunity to enhance wildlife habitat for the long term without
relinquishing any property ownership rights.
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This file last modified on: Tuesday, November 26, 2002.
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