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Idaho NRCS Starts Signup for Ag Land, Wetland Conservation Easements

Wade Brown, Easement Coordinator

Boise, Idaho, May 12, 2014 - USDA's Natural Resources ConservatIdaho wetland photoion Service is now accepting applications to enroll eligible agricultural land and wetlands in the new Agricultural Conservation Easements Program.  Applications are due June 6, 2014.

Agricultural easements prevent productive working lands from being converted to non-agricultural uses and maximize protection of land devoted to food production.  Cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland are eligible for this program.

Wetland reserve easements restore and enhance wetlands and improve habitat.  Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.

"This is a great opportunity for more people to get involved in conserving natural resources," said Idaho NRCS State Conservationist Jeff Burwell.  "The program is open to Indian tribes, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and private landowners."

"We are currently accepting applications for both agricultural and wetlands reserve easements," Burwell said.

Applications must be submitted to Idaho NRCS by June 6, 2014.  They will be rated according to the easement's potential for meeting national and state level program objectives.

For information on the Agricultural Conservation Easements Program and how to apply, contact Wade Brown, Idaho NRCS Easement Coordinator, at 208.685.6987 or



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