Project leaders, refuge managers, planners, realty specialists, law enforcement officers, and all others who play a role in the planning, acquisition, management, and enforcement of National Wildlife Refuge System conservation easements.
Summary and Objectives:
A significant portion of the wildlife habitat in the continental U.S. is privately owned. Conservation easements are a valuable tool for protecting working landscapes and habitat values on private land for our trust resources. This 1-week course provides an overview of the planning, acquisition, management, and enforcement of conservation easements. Emphasis is on easements the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquires as a part of the NWRS. Course goals include increasing consistency and building understanding and cooperation among Service personnel involved in conservation easements.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Determine if a is the appropriate tool.
- Make strategic, science-driven, collaborative, and adaptive choices.
- Engage with potential sellers, communities, and potential partners.
- Acquire conservation easements in accordance with Service policy.
- Develop and maintain working relationships with landowners/communities.
- Effectively manage conservation easements and their uses.
- Ensure U.S. interests in the land are protected.
Project Management - Basic, Landscape Ecology - Basic, Lands and Realty Management - Basic, Compliance Management – Basic