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NRCS Oregon Accepting Applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Wetland Reserve Program

Release No.: 2021-11-002

Contact: Chris Chapa, Easement Specialist
Lauren Bennett, Public Affairs Officer

NRCS Oregon Accepting Applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Wetland Reserve Program

PORTLAND, Ore., November 16, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications from agricultural producers and forest landowners in Oregon for the Agricultural Conservation Easement ProgramWetland Reserve Program (ACEP - WRE), which helps producers enroll wetlands into conservation easements.

While USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) accepts ACEP applications year-round, Oregon producers and landowners should apply by December 17 to be considered for WRE funding in the current cycle. Applications received after the ranking date will automatically be considered during the next funding cycle. Funding is provided through a competitive process.

State Technical Committees, composed of conservation and agricultural-related agency and organization representatives, work with NRCS to identify resource priorities and how best to address them. NRCS then sets state-specific ranking dates to evaluate applications for funding that account for producer needs, staff workload and ensure potential participants have ample opportunities to apply.

ACEP enrollment options include:

  • ACEP-Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE): Helps restore, protect and enhance wetlands on eligible land. Wetland reserve easements are either perpetual, 30-years, or maximum duration under state law, or 30-year contracts (for Indian Tribes). Apply by December 17 to be considered in the current WRE funding cycle.
  • ACEP-Agricultural Land Easements (ALE):  Protects farmlands and grasslands by limiting non-agricultural uses of the land. Agricultural Land Easements are either perpetual or the maximum duration allowed under State law. Application period ALE will be announced in January 2022.

Find Oregon’s ranking dates for ACEP and other conservation programs at To learn more or apply, please contact your local NRCS field office, or Chris Chapa, NRCS Oregon’s easement coordinator, at or 503-414-3248.


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