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Easements

The 2014 Farm Bill streamlines and consolidates three former programs, the Wetlands Reserve Program, Grassland Reserve Program, and Farm and Ranch Land Protection program into a new program, the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Although WRP, GRP, and FRPP were repealed in the 2014 Farm Bill, all existing easements remain valid. New sign-up and program information for ACEP will be announced as it becomes available.

NRCS offer an easement program to landowners who want to maintain or enhance their land in a way beneficial to agriculture and/or the environment. All NRCS easement programs are voluntary.

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

 Restored wetlands

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) - Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) 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.

 warm season grasses

The Emergency Watershed Protection -Floodplain Easement (FPE) Program Program provides assistance to undertake emergency measures, including the purchase of flood plain easements, for runoff retardation and soil erosion prevention to safeguard lives and property from floods, drought, and the products of erosion on any watershed whenever fire, flood or any other natural occurrence is causing or has caused sudden impairment of the watershed.

 Photo of a floodplain