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Easement Program Funding Expiration - Update

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.  

For more information on ACEP, please visit the ACEP web page.

Protecting and Enhancing our Natural Resources

NRCS offers easement programs to landowners who want to maintain or enhance their land in a way beneficial to agriculture and/or the environment. All NRCS easement programs are voluntary. We provide technical help and financial assistance, but local landowners and organizations are needed to make NRCS easement programs successful.

Easement programs:

Grassland protected with the help of GRP.

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps state and local governments and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land. Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands.

WRE Easement Application Eligibility Planning and Cost Estimates Worksheet 2015 FINAL 03-13-15 (686KB)

WRE Final Draft Ranking FY2016 Regular NE SE - 10-22-15 (955KB)

WRE Final Draft Ranking FY2016 Regular West - 10-22-15 (924KB)

WRE Ranking Bog Turtle and Massasauga 02-05-15 (106KB)

ACEP-ALE Application Support Information - FY2016 (98KB)

Pennsylvania NRCS ACEP-ALE Eligibility and Ranking - FY 2016 (26KB)

HFRP assists landowners in restoring, enhancing and protecting for

The   Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) helps landowners restore, enhance and protect forestland resources on private lands through easements and financial assistance. Through HRFP, landowners promote the recovery of endangered or threatened species, improve plant and animal biodiversity and enhance carbon sequestration.


Former Easement Programs 

The Grasslands Reserve Program (GRP) protected, restored, and enhanced grassland, including rangeland, pastureland, shrubland, and certain other lands.

The Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP) helped purchase development rights which kept productive farm and ranchland in agricultural uses.

The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) protected, restored and enhanced wetlands. It had the goal of achieving the greatest wetland functions and optimum wildlife habitat on every acre enrolled in it.


Program Contacts:

Gary Smith
Assistant State Conservationist for Operations
(717) 237-2204

Hathaway Jones
Management Analyst
(717) 237-2210