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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

ACEP Web Asset

 

Overview

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits.

Agricultural Land Easements (ALE)

Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land.Agricultural Land Easements protect the long-term viability of the nation’s food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses. Land protected by agricultural land easements provides additional public benefits, including environmental quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat and protection of open space. 

Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE)

Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands.  Wetland Reserve Easements provide habitat for fish and wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, improve water quality by filtering sediments and chemicals, reduce flooding, recharge groundwater, protect biological diversity and provide opportunities for educational, scientific and limited recreational activities.  NRCS also provides technical and financial assistance directly to private landowners and Indian tribes to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands through the purchase of a wetland reserve easement. For acreage owned by an Indian tribe, there is an additional enrollment option of a 30-year contract.

Program Contact

RaeAnn Dubay, Program Manager
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Davis State Office, California
Phone: 530-792-5653
Email: RaeAnn.Dubay@usda.gov

Dean Kwasny, Easement Programs Specialist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Davis State Office, California
Phone: 530-792-5648
Email: Dean.Kwasny@usda.gov

Elizabeth Palmer, ALE Program Specialist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Davis State Office, California
Phone: 530-792-5672
Email: Elizabeth.Palmer@usda.gov