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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

Agricultural land in Paradise Valley south of Livingston, Montana

What's New in ACEP

2017 Montana ALE Ranking Form (coming soon)
2017 Montana ALE Application Checklist (coming soon)
2017 Montana WRE Ranking Form (PDF; 112KB)
Montana Geographic Area Rate Caps Map WRE 2017 DRAFT (PDF; 169KB)
2016 ACEP Montana Archives
ACEP Program Manual

Program Description

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), created through the 2014 Farm Bill, funds easements for working agricultural lands and wetland restoration and protection projects. ACEP is comprised of two components: Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). The Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership is an enrollment option under ACEP-WRE.

Fiscal Year 2017 Signup

Landowners and entities interested in using conservation easements to address natural resource concerns can submit applications at any time. Though signup is continuous, funding selections are made at specific times during the fiscal year.

  • There are two applications deadlines for fiscal year 2017 ACEP-WRE funding in Montana. The first deadline is October 21, 2016, and the second deadline is February 17, 2017. The first round applications will be ranked and funded first.
  • The application deadline for fiscal year 2016 ACEP-ALE funding in Montana will be announced in October.

If you are interested an Agricultural Land Easement contact one of the entities eligible to hold ALE easements in Montana. If you are interested in a Wetland Reserve Easement contact your local field office.

Information on the National NRCS Web Site

Prior-Year Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) Montana Archives

Archived Information on Former Easement Programs in Montana

The Agricultural Act of 2014 established the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). It repeals the Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP), the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), and the Wetlands Reserve Program (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.


Lisa McCauley, Easement Specialist
Phone: 406-587-6970
Email: Lisa.McCauley