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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)

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Next ACEP Application Consideration Cut-Off: April 19, 2019

Landowners and entities interested in applying for a conservation easement can submit applications any time; however, NRCS announces application cut-off dates throughout the year.

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. The program has two components. Under the Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) component, NRCS helps Native American Indian tribes, 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 (WRE) component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands.

Agricultural Land Easements (ALE)

Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) 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.

Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE)

Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE) 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.


Program Contact

Bari Williams, Easement Program Specialist, (503) 414-3226.
Loren F. Unruh, Leader for Programs, (503) 414-3235.