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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Stewardship Program - Eligibility and Fees

Stewardship Program

Eligibility and Fees

Eligibility for Stewardship Program Participation

Private property interests and state agencies that obtain easements on conservation lands may participate in the Stewardship Program. The initial participant was the department's Ecosystem Enhancement Program, but other programs with stewardship responsibilities may be involved.

DENR programs to be included:

  • Natural Heritage Program
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Forest Resources
  • Coastal Management
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Conservation Tax Credit Program

Other eligible agencies that may participate:

  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Other programs administered through the State Property Office

Fees for Long-Term Monitoring and Management

Based on administrative code 15A NCAC 02R .0402, fees have been established for monitoring and management of properties managed by the Stewardship Program.

  • A dedicated endowment is required.
  • For 2012, a fee of $1,076 per acre is charged at the time the land or easement is transferred to the department's Conservation Grant Fund Endowment to cover costs of long-term management of the property. Minimum endowment is $15,000.
  • This charge applies only to properties and easements donated to the department for the sole purpose of property or easement maintenance. 
  • This does not apply to properties or easements donated to the department in association with restoration projects conducted by the department.
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