Land development projects, both private and public, are often required to preserve land as mitigation for project impacts. Typically, the permitting agencies require a conservation easement to ensure the mitigation lands are preserved in perpetuity. RLC is authorized by the CDFW to hold conservation easements or fee title lands for mitigation purposes in the coastal, inland, and desert regions of southern California. Additionally, RLC is a nationally accredited land trust, a mark of distinction showing that RLC meets high standards for land conservation.
For mitigation projects, we require a project proponent to pay an initial evaluation fee, and then, at the time of property conveyance, deposit an endowment to match projected long-term management funding requirements. RLC manages, disburses, and governs endowment funds consistent with state law and with the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act. RLC’s long-term management ranges from easement compliance oversight to property maintenance and resource management. RLC currently holds and manages 24 mitigation properties in four southern California counties totaling 1,350 acres.