The idea of signing a conservation easement can be a daunting process but we will work with you every step of the way to ensure everything is taken care of in a timely manner. All easements are voluntary and negotiated by both parties. Each easement is unique and so are the restrictions and terms that are agreed to and the process can vary slightly depending on the nature of the easement but the overall flow generally goes as follows.
The landowner expresses interest in entering into a conservation easement.
The SSGF will collect information on the land in question, including the type and quality of habitat, to ensure the land aligns with the foundations priorities of providing environmental benefits.
When the property meets the priorities, an easement will be developed collaboratively with the landowner following the guidelines of the agreement or easement chosen for that land.
The draft will be reviewed by the SSGF staff prior to signing.
During the development and negotiation of the easement, the SSGF will not provide legal or financial advice to the landowner. We request the landowner to obtain independent legal and financial advisors. If there is uncertainty in this regard, the SSGF may request evidence that such advice has been secured.
Once the draft has been reviewed by SSGF’s lawyer and approved by the SSGF Board, it will be provided to the land owner for signature.
The Chair of the Board or Executive Director, both of whom are authorized by the Board to sign, with then sign the document.
Once signed by both the land owner and SSGF, as required by Saskatchewan legislation, the SSGF will serve a notice of intent along with the signed easement to all people with interests in the affected land title, and on the municipality where the land is located.
Should no objections be made according to the procedure and within the specified time frame set out in the Conservation Easement Act, which is 60 days. The SSGF will then provide a copy of the easement to the minister responsible for the Act, pay the prescribed fees to the ministry and register the conservation easement in the Land Titles Registry against the affected land titles.
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