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Options for Enrollment

Permanent Easement

This is a perpetuity conservation easement attached to the property deed. This protects the restored wetland for generations in the event the property is sold. As a condition for this enrollment option, the landowner agrees to the permanent retirement of any existing cropland base and allotment history for the easement area.

USDA purchases a permanent easement under the following terms:

  • USDA pays 100% of the easement value. The easement value will be the lesser of the market analysis, the geographic cap, or a landowner offer.
  • USDA pays 100% of the wetland restoration costs.
  • USDA pays 100% of all legal costs to establish the easement.

30-Year Easement

This is a conservation easement attached to the property deed that expires at the end of 30 years. As a condition for this enrollment option, the landowner agrees to the permanent retirement of any existing cropland base and allotment history for the easement area. USDA purchases a 30-year easement under the following terms:

  • USDA pays 75% of the easement value that would have been offered for a permanent easement.
  • USDA pays 75% of the wetland restoration costs.
  • USDA pays 100% of all legal costs to establish the easement.

10-Year Restoration Cost-Share Agreement

This is a cost-share agreement to restore and enhance wetlands and acceptable associated uplands with no easement or other land payments involved. USDA pays 75% of the cost of restoration. Landowners enter into a ten year long-term agreement to restore and maintain the site for the life of the restoration practices.

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