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E. Expropriation

  • If a conservation property is threatened with expropriation:
    • Work diligently to avoid a net loss to conservation values and document the actions taken.
    • Provide prompt notification to relevant parties, including expropriating authority and Environment and Climate Change Canada, if the conservation agreement is certified as an ecological gift.


Conservation lands may be subject to acts of expropriation. In these instances, a land trust should be prepared for the expropriation action, including having an understanding of the value of the interests being condemned. A land trust should evaluate the impact of the expropriation action on the conservation values and, to the extent possible, work with the condemning authority to craft remedies that reduce these impacts or allow for additional conservation action. Donors should be made aware that expropriation is an action, which is beyond the land trust’s ability to control.