Skip

ACEP - Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE)

ACEP - WRE


 
NRCS also provides technical and financial assistance directly to private landowners and Indian tribes to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands through the purchase of a Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE). For acreage owned by an Indian tribe, there is an additional enrollment option of a 30-year contract.

Easement values for WRE are based on the lowest value of an appraisal, a Geographic Area Rate Cap (GARC), or a landowner offer. To determine Geographic Area Rate Caps, California uses a Market Analysis to assess the value of specific land uses in defined geographic areas. The Market Analysis is conducted each year by an independent appraiser and sets an up-front value for the property rights being acquired by USDA. Click on the following link to find the 2014 GARC(s) for specific California counties and land uses.

This document requires Acrobat Reader.

Through the WRE option, NRCS may enroll eligible land through:

Permanent Easements – Permanent Easements are conservation easements in perpetuity. NRCS pays 100 percent of the easement value for the purchase of the easement. Additionally, NRCS pays 100 percent of the restoration costs.

30-year Easements – 30-year easements expire after 30 years. Under 30-year easements, NRCS pays 75 percent of the easement value for the purchase of the easement. Additionally, NRCS pays 75 percent of the restoration costs.

30-year Contracts – 30-year contracts are only available to enroll acreage owned by Indian tribes. Program payment rates are commensurate with 30-year easements. Additionally, NRCS pays 75 percent of the restoration costs.

Grazing Reserved Rights Pilot - California NRCS is offering a Grazing Reserved Rights Pilot Program in specific geographic areas of the state as part of WRE. Permanent and 30-year easement options are available. For a grazing easement, NRCS pays 75% of the Permanent or 30-year easement values identified above. The pilot program allows livestock grazing on enrolled land as part of an NRCS - approved wetlands conservation and grazing management plan. For more information on the grazing option, contact the Easement Programs Specialist or WRP Team Leader listed below.

For all Wetland Reserve Easements, NRCS pays all costs associated with recording the easement in the local land records office, including recording fees, charges for abstracts, survey and appraisal fees, and title insurance.

Eligibility

Land eligible for Wetland Reserve Easements includes farmed or converted wetland that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored. NRCS will prioritize applications based the easement’s potential for protecting and enhancing habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.

To enroll land through Wetland Reserve Easements, NRCS enters into purchase agreements with eligible private landowners or Indian tribes that include the right for NRCS to develop and implement a wetland restoration plan. This plan restores, protects, and enhances the wetland’s functions and values.

How to Apply

For Fiscal Year 2014 Funding Consideration*, Applications due May 15, 2014

Application:
This document requires Acrobat Reader.

*Landowners may apply at any time at their local NRCS office, for future enrollment in the ACEP - WRE program.

For more information contact:

Dean Kwasny, Easement Programs Specialist
Phone: (530) 792-5648
Email: dean.kwasny@ca.usda.gov

Nate Key, WRP Team Leader - Northern California
Phone: (530) 674-1461, ex. 116
Email: nathan.key@ca.usda.gov

Elizabeth Palmer, WRP Team Leader - Southern California
Phone: (559) 734-8732, ex. 134
Email: elizabeth.palmer@ca.usda.gov

Go to: