All about Agreements
Updated: May 5
So what exactly is a Stewardship Agreement?
Stewardship Agreements are how people 'sign up" for our Wildlife Habitat Steward program. Signing a stewardship agreement has no legal binding - it simply serves as a 'handshake' to demonstrate that we are on the same page about stewardship, outlining basic expectations for the landowner and describing what OSS can provide in return.
Signing an agreement does not mean that the property cannot be used for things other than stewardship - farming, ranching, fruit-growing, and tourism are all examples of land uses that our Stewards have continued without interruption since signing onto WHS program. Many stewards will adjust some of their practices towards what is best for wildlife and wildlife habitat as this often aligns with overall stewardship goals, and while this is strongly encouraged it is not a requirement.
In addition to outlining general expectations, stewardship agreements also include a property overview and habitat assessment. This provides landowners with an aerial view of their property and habitats, a list of potential or present species-at-risk that could reside on the property, an outline of potential management issues like invasive species or riverbank slumping, and recommendations to help mitigate or resolve the issues.
To see an example of our Stewardship Agreements, click here!