How does an agreement impact what can be done with my land in the future?
Conservation agreements are different from easements because they focus on management actions needed to maintain or enhance grasslands to achieve the desired outcomes. These can vary by each different type of agreement and desired outcomes for each one. Examples can include changes to fencing to wildlife friendly options or timing of activities on the ranch to decrease noise during Greater Sage Grouse mating rituals.
Can I start with a CA and move into a CE in the future?
Agreements can be a way of getting a taste of what a conservation easement might entail. You can move into holding both an agreement and easement on the land if the rancher is interested. We will work with you to determine what will work best for your operation. All agreements/easements are voluntary.
Can I put an agreement on land that was once farmed and is now back to native grass?
We have many types of agreements these can fall under like our Habitat Restoration Agreements that can enable ranchers to convert cultivated lands back to native grass species in order to reduce habitat fragmentation. Please reach out to us and we can help determine the best route for your land and operation
Will there ever be a restriction for grazing if an agreement is placed on the land?
Depending on the agreement signed, management of grazing land may recommend to be altered from the current ways. Meaning, some land may need to have longer rest periods or more target grazing in other areas to meet environmental outcomes described in each agreement.
What is the maximum incentive paid to a producer?
While each agreement is different, the greatest amount granted is $30,000 to any single cooperator unless there are extenuating circumstances. Greater amounts will be allocated for projects that provide significant public benefits and for longer terms.
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