Paying for Stewardship: A Guide to Conservation Finance

Conservation finance is a fascinating new way for landowners to earn revenue, but it can prove challenging to navigate on your own. 

If you’re curious about this emerging field, check out Paying for Stewardship, a free guide for landowners about conservation finance, co-authored by WRA’s Jane Rice in partnership with the Western Landowners Alliance, Conservation Investment Management, and the University of Wyoming’s Ruckelshaus Institute. This guide provides practical conservation finance information to landowners, and answers key questions about implementation, regulations, risks, and rewards. Each chapter is dedicated to a conservation finance opportunity, such as carbon crediting, wetland mitigation banking, payments for watershed services, and conservation easements. Landowners may use this guide to evaluate specific conservation finance approaches for their property.  

“Landowners can be paid for conservation and stewardship activities while maintaining agricultural and ranching operations on their land. This is the premise of conservation finance. A variety of approaches, including conservation easements, wetland mitigation banking, grassland carbon sequestration and watershed investment funds, pay landowners for the ecological services they provide. Conservation finance can help landowners increase and diversify their cash flows, amid societal pressures to produce agricultural goods in greater quantities and of higher quality.” (Page 6)

If you have any questions about the conservation finance opportunities presented in this publication, or about the process for evaluating these opportunities, you are welcome to contact us.