Conservation Easement Stewardship Program - Phase III

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
MN DNR
Recipient Type
State Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
June 2015
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chp. 52, Sec. 2, Subd. 03e
Appropriation Language

$200,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for the final phase to bring conservation easements held by the Department of Natural Resources up to minimum conservation standards, through monitoring, baseline data collection, and baseline report preparation.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$200,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.75
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Description of Funds
ENRTF
Project Overview

The purchase of conservation easements—restrictions on land use that protect natural features while keeping land in private ownership—has proven to be an effective means to protect land at a lower initial cost than full state ownership. However, once an easement is purchased there are ongoing stewardship, monitoring, and enforcement responsibilities necessary to ensure the terms of the agreement between the easement holder and the landowner are met. Earlier efforts funded by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund in 2008 and 2011 allowed the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to retroactively bring existing conservation easements up to minimum standards by developing a central inventory and management system of the conservation easements held by the DNR, along with a plan for how they would be administered into the future. This appropriation is the final phase of this effort
allowing the DNR to continue and accelerate the implementation of the previously developed plan. Additionally, tools will be developed to enhance monitoring efficiency using remote sensing

Project Manager
First Name
Donald
Last Name
Kilberg
Organization Name
MN DNR
Street Address
500 Lafayette Rd
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 259-5962
Email
donald.kilberg@state.mn.us