The Agricultural Act of 2014 establishes the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).
It repeals FRPP, GRP, and WRP but does not affect the validity or terms of any FRPP, GRP, or WRP contract, agreement or easement entered into prior to the date of enactment on February 7, 2014 or any associated payments required to be made in connection with an existing FRPP, GRP, or WRP contract, agreement or easement.
The Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) offers landowners an opportunity to establish wetland conservation on their land. The program targets marginal agricultural land that is frequently flooded, former or degraded wetlands that have been used or are currently being used for the production of food or fiber, riparian areas linking protected wetlands that are less than one mile apart and where planned restoration offers the potential to maximize wildlife habitat and restore hydrology.
Landowners enrolled in the program retain the title to the land and the right to control access and have the right to quiet enjoyment and undeveloped recreational uses such as bird watching. The land remains on the tax rolls.
There are three enrollment options: permanent easement, 30-year easement and a 10-year restoration cost-share agreement. Depending on the option, NRCS may pay up to 100 percent of easement and restoration costs. To learn more, visit the WRP options page.
Conservationists at your local NRCS office are available to provide additional information and assistance on WRP.