For private landowners
who wish to commit to the long term conservation of their land, several options are available, such as: conservation agreements (easements), land donations, and sales and or bequests of lands to a registered land trust. For more information about protecting your land, please contact the Rainy Lake Conservancy or the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
 
Current Status of Rainy Lake Conservancy's Conservation Easements
To complement the Ontario government's decision to establish conservation reserves on the crown land islands of Rainy Lake in 1997, five US members of the Rainy Lake Conservancy decided to protect portions of their own islands through conservation easements. Four Conservation Easements were completed on RAiny Lake in 2014 through a partnership between the RLC and the American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts. Over 146 hectares (360 acres) of land were protected in this way by American owners of Canadian land. These donations were also the first "cross-border" easements in Ontario and, as such, will serve as a model for other donors and conservancies throughout Ontario.
 
What is a conservation agreement (easement)?
A conservation agreement (easement) is a voluntary, legal agreement between a property owner and a qualified conservation organization such as a land trust. Under the terms of the agreement, the property owner conserves the natural or cultural values of his land while still holding title, living on, selling, using, or passing on the land. The easement is a flexible document tailored to meet the needs of the owner, the land's values, and the goals of the land trust. It benefits the land by limiting the kind of development activities that can take place, and it may also confer tax advantages to the owner. Once registered in the lands titles or registry office, the agreement is attached to the title of the land forever and binds current and future owners to the terms outlined in the agreement.

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