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

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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.

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The Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) helps landowners restore, enhance and protect forest land resources on private lands through easements and financial assistance. Through HRFP, landowners promote the recovery of endangered or threatened species, improve plant and animal biodiversity and enhance carbon sequestration. This program is not available in Nebraska.  More on HFRP.

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Map of Total Active Easement Program Contracts in Nebraska through 2013

Brad Soncksen Assistant State Conservationist for programs or Tom Schleif Easement Program Specialist

Modified 12/20/2016