The Manitoba Government has passed legislation that offers landowners and conservation groups a new way to voluntarily protect natural areas on private land: the Conservation Agreements Act.
A conservation agreement is an interest in the land and runs with the land by way of a caveat filed against the certificate of title of the land.
The intent of the Act is to provide a mechanism that allows landowners and conservation agencies to enter into agreements for the protection and enhancement of natural ecosystems, fish and wildlife habitat, and plant or animal species, while enabling the continued use and development of the land by the landowner. This Act is binding on the Crown.
A Conservation Agreements Board is established under the provisions of the Act consisting of persons appointed by the minister, including at least one representative from a conservation agency, the government of Manitoba, a municipality or local government district representative (this representative must be approved by the Association of Manitoba Municipalities), and an agricultural producers' organization. The functions of the board are to provide a forum for discussion for interested parties regarding conservation agreements, assist interested parties who apply to the Board to consider the implications of a conservation agreement, assist in the resolution of disputes between interested parties regarding conservation agreements, and fulfil functions prescribed by regulation.
For more information, contact a member of the Manitoba Conservation Agreements Working Group:
Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
200 - 1555 St. James Street
Winnipeg MB R3H 1B5
545 Conservation Drive
Brandon, MB R7A 7L8
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Delta Waterfowl Foundation
239-1900 (Portage la Prairie)
Association of Manitoba Municipalities
857-8666 (Portage la Prairie)