16 U.S. Code § 460nnn–42. Cooperative efforts to control development and encourage conservation

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(a) Policy

Development on public and private lands within the boundaries of the Cooperative Management and Protection Area which is different from the current character and uses of the lands is inconsistent with the purposes of this subchapter.

(b) Use of nondevelopment and conservation easements

The Secretary may enter into a nondevelopment easement or conservation easement with willing landowners to further the purposes of this subchapter.

(c) Conservation incentive payments

The Secretary may provide technical assistance, cost-share payments, incentive payments, and education to a private landowner in the Cooperative Management and Protection Area who enters into a contract with the Secretary to protect or enhance ecological resources on the private land covered by the contract if those protections or enhancements benefit public lands.

(d) Relation to property rights and State and local law

Nothing in this subchapter is intended to affect rights or interests in real property or supersede State law.

References in Text

This subchapter, referred to in subsecs. (a), (b), and (d), was in the original “this Act”, meaning Pub. L. 106–399, Oct. 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1655, known as the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act of 2000, which is classified generally to this subchapter. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 460nnn of this title and Tables.