Conservation Agreements

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Conserve your land for the future

Wetlands are places where memories are made. Playing among the cattails with your friends, or learning to hunt with your parents or skating on a frozen pond with your own children. Protect those memories by protecting your land.

A Conservation Agreement is a legal tool that allows landowners to protect natural areas on a piece of property. You maintain ownership and receive a one-time payment from DUC based on market value. The average landowner payment last year was $98,000.

While you can graze or hay without restriction, a Conservation Agreement prevents the breaking or draining of wetlands or uplands, in perpetuity. The exception is “occasionally cultivated wetlands”, which can be broken during dry periods. Tame uplands can be cultivated for rejuvenation once every 10 years.

DUC has Conservation Agreements with hundreds of Manitoba landowners, covering thousands of acres. You can read their stories here.

Preserve natural areas. Conserve wildlife habitat. Protect your land and your memories, forever.

Let’s talk

Please call 204-285-9779
or toll free 1-866-251-3825

map showing DUC target landscapes in southwest Manitoba and DUC staff assigned to those areas

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