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Private Land Protection

Most people think of park creation when we talk about land conservation. But most parks are created on the 95% of BC that's crown owned. Governments can rarely afford the cost of creating parks where land is privately held.

That doesn't mean there aren't important reasons to protect environmental values on the 5% of BC that's privately owned. Private lands with environmental values are often located in and about urban centres where the need for undeveloped green spaces is high. And much of the most ecologically valuable land in British Columbia is in privately owned estuaries and valley bottoms.

West Coast, working with groups like the Land Conservancy of BC, has developed important legal tools to protect ecological values on private lands. Legislative changes promoted by West Coast now enable landowners and conservation groups to protect these values. West Coast Environmental Law also publishes user guides to help landowners and conservation organizations protect private land.

Publications:

Greening Your Title : A Guide to Best Practices for Conservation Covenant, 2nd edition (March 2005) 

Giving It Away : Tax Implications of Gifts to Protect Private Land (March 2004) 

Leaving a Living Legacy: Using Conservation Covenants in BC (February 1996)

Here Today; Here Tomorrow: Legal Tools for the Voluntary Protection of Private Land in British Columbia (1994)