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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

Agricultural land in Paradise Valley south of Livingston, Montana

What's New in ACEP
Conservation Easement Workshops:

  • June 9 Twin Bridges
  • June 10 Stevensville
  • June 21 Glasgow
  • June 22 Malta
  • June 23 Chinook
  • July 19 Miles City
  • July 20 Culbertson
  • August 17 Helena

2016 Montana ALE Ranking Form (PDF; 2.5 MB)
2016 Montana ALE Application Checklist (PDF; 93KB)
2016 Montana WRE Ranking Form (XLS; 18KB)
Montana Geographic Area Rate Caps Map WRE 2016
2015 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 2016 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.

  • The application deadline for fiscal year 2016 ACEP-WRE funding in Montana was extended to March 11, 2016.
  • The application deadline for fiscal year 2016 ACEP-ALE funding in Montana was extended to March 25, 2016.

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