Baseline Resources Inventory and Assessment

FARALLON INVENTORIES PROPERTY RESOURCES TO SUPPORT CLIENT'S CONSERVATION EASEMENT

Landowners relied on Farallon to help meet conservation easement funding requirements.

Farallon provided landowners with a baseline inventory of resources on their property, and a catalog of specific locations to facilitate future monitoring, allowing the client to make informed land-management decisions critical to maintaining a conservation easement.

A conservation easement is an agreement between landowners and a land trust or government agency to protect a property’s natural resources for future generations.  In exchange for financial considerations, landowners agree to maintain specific conservation values as they use the land.  Landowners can continue to conduct activities such as selective thinning and cattle grazing as long as they follow conservation easement guidelines.

Before the client could enter into a conservation easement, a baseline resources inventory documenting physical and biological features of the property was necessary.  Farallon identified and cataloged plant and wildlife species, significant resources areas, and hydrologic or culturally significant features on the property.

To continue grazing cattle on the property after entry into the conservation easement, the client needed an approved grazing management plan.  Farallon reviewed the specific ecological resources of the property, and assessed available forage based on the soil and current levels of vegetation.  Farallon used assessment results to help the client develop a grazing management plan to determine cattle-stocking rates that will maintain plant vigor, ultimately leading to healthy cattle and healthy land.

“Projects like this are particularly satisfying,” said Senior Ecologist Peggy Browne, “because Farallon’s contribution helps landowners create a plan to manage their property in a way that benefits both the landowners and the environment far into the future.”