USDA Offers Assistance to Protect Privately-Owned Wetlands, Agricultural Lands and Grasslands
April 26, 2019
Would you like to protect your agricultural land from future development? Do you want to keep your ranch or farm in agriculture for future generations? Is it important to you to restore wetland habitat on your land and protect it for migratory birds, fish, and other wildlife?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages people and groups wanting to protect critical wetlands, agricultural lands and grasslands to consider enrolling their property into conservation easements. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial assistance to help private landowners, tribes, land trusts, and other groups protect these valuable lands.
The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) focuses on restoring and protecting wetlands, as well as conserving productive agricultural lands and grasslands. The program has two components: one for Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and one for Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). Landowners are compensated for enrolling their land in easements. NRCS accepts applications for ACEP on a continuous basis, and they are ranked and considered for funding several times per year.
The next deadline is April 26, 2019 for ACEP ALE and ACEP WRE.