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USDA Conservation Easement Programs Protect

and Enhance Nevada Natural Resources

FY 2021 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) Signup Period

ACEP Application Submission Deadline: March 31, 2021

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) offers conservation easement programs to private landowners and Indian tribes that want to enhance, maintain, and protect their agricultural working lands, grasslands, wetlands, and associated wildlife values through a conservation easement. NRCS provides the technical and financial assistance for a conservation easement.

ACEP conservation easement program participation is strictly voluntary and enrollment funding is competitive. Applications submitted must include all required application documentation for enrollment, including eligibility requirements for the Cooperating Entity (partner), landowners, and land.

ACEP enrollment offers an Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) for conserving productive agricultural lands and grasslands, and a Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) for restoring and protecting wetlands and associated wildlife values.

To apply for a conservation easement for the FY 2021 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) signup period, select the applicable ACEP easement type link listed in bold blue link below. Required ACEP application forms for an ACEP Application Packet are provided for each easement program type on the linked page, along with instructions on how and where to submit your ACEP Application Packet to NRCS. 

  • Under the Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) 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. ALE applications may be submitted for Grasslands of Special Significance (GSS) component if applicable.
  • Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE) component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands.

Program Contacts

Mustapha Abouali, ASTC-Program Manager
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Reno State Office, Nevada
Phone: 775-857-8500

Susan Looper, Easement Programs Specialist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Reno State Office, Nevada
Phone: 775-857-8500

Updated: 03/01/2021

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