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Easements

Protecting and Enhancing our Natural Resources

NRCS offers easement programs 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. We provide technical help and financial assistance, but local landowners and organizations are needed to make NRCS easement programs successful.

Our easement programs under the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) include the following:

The Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) Program helps purchase development rights to keep productive farm and ranchland in agricultural uses.

The Wetlands Reserve Easement (WRE) Program protects, restores, and enhances wetlands. Achieving the greatest wetland functions and optimum wildlife habitat on every acre enrolled in WRP is the goal.