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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

   
The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land. Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands.

Agricultural Land Easements (ALE)

Agricultural Land Easements protect the long-term viability of the nation’s food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses. Land protected by agricultural land easements provides additional public benefits, including environmental quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat and protection of open space.

Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE)

Wetland Reserve Easements provide habitat for fish and wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, improve water quality by filtering sediments and chemicals, reduce flooding, recharge groundwater, protect biological diversity and provide opportunities for educational, scientific and limited recreational activities.

For more information on the ACEP program, contact:

Alan Forkey, Programs Manager
Phone: 530-792-5653
Email: Alan.Forkey@ca.usda.gov

Elizabeth Palmer, Acting-Easement Programs Specialist
Phone: 559-734-8732 ext 134
Email: Elizabeth.Palmer@ca.usda.gov

Additional Information

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ACEP Fact Sheet (PDF; 1.2 MB)