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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve working agricultural lands and restore wetlands impacted by agricultural production. Under the Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) component, NRCS helps non-governmental organizations protect working important agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land.  Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE) component, NRCS works with landowners directly to restore, protect, and enhance eligible wetlands historically impacted by agricultural production.

​NRCS Pacific Islands Area is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2022 for Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), created by the 2014 Farm Bill to encourage private owners to maintain land for farming and ranching and to protect critical wetland resources for wildlife habitat and water quality. Through the voluntary sale of an easement, landowners limit future development to protect these key resources. 

Agricultural Land Easements (ALE)

The FY22 sign up deadline is November 30, 2021.

Agricultural Land Easements protect the long-term viability of the nation’s food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses.  Land protected by agricultural land easements provides additional public benefits, including environmental quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat and protection of open space.

Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE)

Wetlands Reserve Easements provide habitat for fish and wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, improve water quality by filtering sediments and chemicals, reduce flooding, recharge groundwater, and protect biological diversity by restoring wetlands historically impacted by agricultural production.

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Assistant Director for Programs
Phone: (808) 600-2959