PRACTICE

C. Conservation Agreement Monitoring

The land trust monitors its conservation agreement properties regularly, at least annually, except in exceptional and remote circumstances, in a manner appropriate to the size, restrictions and threats to the conservation values of each property. The land trust keeps written documentation (such as reports, updated photographs and maps) of each monitoring activity to confirm that the present use of the property is consistent with that at the time of donation or acquisition. Monitoring of Ecological Gifts will include confirmation that the present use of the property is consistent with that at the time of the donation and monitoring documentation relating to Ecological Gifts will be made available to Environment Canada upon request. The land trust will determine the capabilities (both human and financial) of its organization to fulfill the short and long-term monitoring responsibilities and will not accept conservation agreements it cannot monitor effectively. If conservation agreements are monitored by volunteers, the land trust shall ensure that, they are trained, tailoring the monitoring techniques and requirements to the specific property.