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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.

Easement Programs

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 (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.
  • Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE) component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands.

The Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) helps landowners restore, enhance and protect forestland 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.

Contact

RaeAnn Dubay, Program Manager
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Davis State Office, California
Phone: 530-792-5653
Email: RaeAnn.Dubay@usda.gov
 
Dean Kwasny, Easement Programs Specialist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Davis State Office, California
Phone: 530-792-5648
Email: Dean.Kwasny@usda.gov
 
Elizabeth Palmer, ALE Program Specialist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Davis State Office, California
Phone: 530-792-5672
Email: Elizabeth.Palmer@usda.gov