California Wetlands Information System

Wetland Protection Strategies

The possibilities for protecting valuable resources on private lands are no doubt limitless. Some methods have been in use for years, others are new. As more and more landowners become interested in conservation, resource protection techniques continue to be developed.

The desirability of any one approach is tied to many factors, including the landowner's needs, the location of the property, the type of wildlife habitat a particular wetland provides, and the use of surrounding lands. The concerns of a farmer are different from those of an urbanite, who may be deeply attached to a rural ranch but does not depend upon it for a livelihood. The issues facing property owners in Northern California differ from those affecting landowners in Southern California, because climate, geography, and land uses are vastly different. Along the coast, where land values are very high and where land use is regulated according to the Coastal Act, landowners encounter circumstances different from those arising for landowners inland.

Although it cannot fully explore all these variables, the following selections provide basic explanations of the techniques most commonly used in California to protect wetlands and other important lands. These techniques are:

* Conservation Easements
* Remainder Interests
* Management Agreements
* Limited Development Strategies
* Leases
* Transfer of Full Title

This page is an exerpt from Options for Wetland Conservation: A Guide for California Landowners, a publication of the California State Coastal Conservancy. To obtain a copy, contact:

California State Coastal Conservancy
1330 Broadway Street, Suite 1100
Oakland, CA 94612
Fax (510)286-0470

North Coast Office
California State Coastal Conservancy
619 Second Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Fax (707)441-5884

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