WEST VIRGINIA CODE
WVC 5 B- 2 G- 7
For purposes of this article, the following terms have the
meanings set forth in this section.
(a) "Board" means the board of trustees established in section
three of this article.
(b) "Conservation easement" means a nonpossessory interest in
real property as defined in section three, article twelve, chapter
twenty of this code, except that a conservation easement acquired
pursuant to this article shall be held in perpetuity.
(c) "Conservation purposes" means the conservation of land for
outdoor recreation by the public, for conservation of natural plant
and wildlife habitat or similar ecosystem, for conservation of
forestland and other open spaces, for conservation of land of
historical or cultural significance or as further defined under
conservation criteria developed in this article.
(d) "Eligible grant recipient" means:
(1) The following state agencies:
(A) Division of Natural Resources;
(B) Division of Forestry; or
(2) A charitable corporation, charitable association or
charitable trust registered with the Secretary of State and exempt
from taxation pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Code of 1986 [Public Law 99-514, 26 U.S.C. §501(c)(3)] or other
federal or state statutes or rules, the purposes or powers of which
include retaining or protecting the natural, scenic, agricultural or open-space values of real property; assuring the availability of
real property for agricultural, forest, recreational or open-space
use; protecting natural resources and wildlife; maintaining or
enhancing land, air or water quality; or preserving the historical,
architectural, archaeological or cultural aspects of real property,
as defined in section three, article twelve, chapter twenty of this
code, and that has a primary part of its mission to acquire
interests in real property for conservation purposes.
(e) "Fund" means the West Virginia Outdoor Heritage
Conservation Fund established in this article.
(f) "Land conservation" means acquisition of interests in real
property from willing sellers for conservation purposes.
(g) "Stewardship" means the necessary monitoring, maintenance
and enforcement of interests in real property for conservation
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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