Stewardship Agreement Audits
(1)The Department(s) will conduct periodic audits with the landowner on lands under a stewardship agreement.
(2)The landowner will provide authorization for the Department (or its designated agent) that is party to the stewardship agreement to conduct periodic audits on lands subject to the stewardship agreement to determine whether the management plan is being implemented and whether the stewardship agreement should be continued, revised, or discontinued.
(3)For the purpose of the stewardship agreement rules, an audit means a review of land management and resource sites identified in the stewardship agreement to determine if the terms and conditions of the stewardship agreement are being met.
(4)The frequency and the number of audits may vary based on the Departments’ evaluation of the relative complexity of the management plan, the terms of the stewardship agreement, or the performance observed during previous audits.
(5)Audits will be conducted at least once every three years. Landowners may request additional audits to help them assess their performance under the stewardship agreement or to provide an annual government certification of their operation.
(6)The Departments will provide an audit report to the landowner within a reasonable period, normally 45 days, with recommendations for needed revisions to the stewardship agreement.
Rule 629-021-0800 — Stewardship Agreement Audits,