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NRCS Easements

NRCS offers easement programs to eligible landowners to conserve working agricultural lands, wetlands, grasslands and forestlands.

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. 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. Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands. More on ACEP.

Emergency Watershed Protection Program - Floodplain Easements (EWP - FPE) - offers landowners the option to place a permanent easement on lands damaged by flooding at least once within the previous calendar year or at least twice within the previous 10 years. This option is available to landowners in situations where acquiring an easement is the best approach (more economical and prudent) to reduce threat to life and/or property.  Land may consist of open ground, farm land, and in some cases, if residential,  a local sponsor establishes an agreement with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). 

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