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Lands in trust

An increasing number of private lands are conserved by non-government organizations, such as land conservancies (or land trusts) operating at national, provincial, or local levels.  These organizations work with private land owners to preserve and protect natural areas through land acquisitions or conservation agreements. 

istock_000010267011xsmall.jpg Land conservancies can own thousands of acres of ecologically and culturally significant lands. These are often obtained when citizens donate lands to their local land trust because they wish to conserve them for future generations.

Private lands can also become protected areas through conservation agreements.  These are legal agreements between a land owner and a land trust that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its natural, historical or agricultural values.


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