Regardless of who owns or manages the land, ecologically important lands will continue to be protected under The Wildlife Habitat Protection Act (WHPA) and The Conservation Easements Act. Land of high ecological value cannot be sold and must be retained by the Crown. This helps to ensure that the ecological health of high-value lands is protected. Land of moderate value may be eligible for sale but only with a Crown Conservation Easement. Under The Conservation Easements Act, there are fines to a maximum of $100,000 for an individual and $500,000 for a corporation, in addition to enforcement options to ensure compliance.
For the most part, WHPA and The Conservation Easements Act accommodate both public and private ownership by recognizing that each parcel of land, as well as its surrounding area, is unique. At the same time, because pastures are large in size, they often contain land with different classifications. For example, the same pasture can contain lands of high, moderate, and low ecological value.