Ranchers prefer conservation management agreements

Ranchers and farmers in Western Canada prefer conservation management agreements when it comes to protecting habitat, a survey of 200 producers by the University of Waterloo has found.

These agreements are usually made with a conservation organization to undertake practices that benefit wildlife. Annual payments for habitat management were the preferred incentive.

Market certification (having operations verified or audited) was the second most preferred type of conservation program. Conservation easements (restrictions placed on land title) and land securement (selling land to a conservation organization) were less popular with survey respondents.

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