Alternatives to Fee Simple Acquisition of Property for Estuarine Reserves

by M. Casey Jarman, Univ of Mississippi, University, MS, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The purpose of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA), was to encourage and assist state management of coastal areas consistent with federal guidelines. Section 315 of the CZMA created the National Estuarine Sanctuary Program, which authorizes federal grants to coastal states of up to 50% of the cost of acquisition, development and operation of estuarine reserves. A review of the Program conducted by the Department of Commerce in 1985 concluded that insufficient efforts were being made to hold down costs through exploring acquisition of less than fee simple title to land and water areas. This paper discusses less-than-fee options that could be pursued by states in establishing estuarine research reserves.

Subject Headings: Fees | Estuaries | Federal government | Resource management | Water management | Land use | Rivers and streams | Coastal management

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