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Agricultural Land Easements

ACEP-ALE in Montana

If you are interested in an Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) please contact one of the entities eligible to hold ALE easements in Montana.

News release: USDA Offers Assistance to Protect Wetlands, Agricultural Lands and Grasslands

USFWS Great Plains Management Zone Map

NRCS provides financial assistance to eligible partners for purchasing Agricultural Land Easements that protect the agricultural use and conservation values of eligible land. In the case of working farms, the program helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture. The program also protects grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving grassland, including rangeland, pastureland and shrubland. Eligible partners include Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs.

Under the Agricultural Land component of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), NRCS may contribute up to 50 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement. Where NRCS determines that grasslands of special environmental significance will be protected, NRCS may contribute up to 75 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement.

The application deadline for ACEP-ALE FY2018 funding is March 1, 2018.

Grasslands of Special Significance

Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0 provides a four-year roadmap for investing approximately $211 million in sage grouse conservation efforts. Conservation easements can support the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) by keeping working lands working as intact range. If you have property that lies within one of the Sage Grouse core areas it may, as a grassland of special environmental significance, qualify for the higher NRCS contribution of up to 75 percent. Please contact the land trust of your choice for further information on participating in ACEP-ALE.

How to Apply

To enroll land through Agricultural Land Easements, landowners should contact one of the entities eligible to hold ALE easements in Montana.

Fiscal Year 2018 Application Information

Montana Success Stories

Prior Year ACEP-ALE Archives


Contacts

Erik Suffridge, Assistant State Conservationist (Programs)
Phone: 406-587-6873
Email: Erik.Suffridge