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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) (two components)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. The NRCS New York Easement Programs include the following:
Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE) which protects, restores, and enhances wetlands. Achieving the greatest wetland functions and optimum wildlife habitat on every acre enrolled in WRE is the goal. Sign-up for WRE is on a continuous basis. Landowners who are interested in this program are encouraged to submit an application to their Local County USDA Service Center
Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) protect the agricultural use and conservation values of eligible land. In the case of working farms, the program helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture. The program also protects grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving grassland, including rangeland, pastureland and shrub land.


The Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) component of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) application filing deadline is also April 19, 2019.  Syracuse,– Blake Glover, New York State Conservationist for the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing the acceptance of applications from interested landowners and entities for the Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) and the Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) components of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) focuses on restoring and protecting wetlands through WRE as well as conserving productive agricultural lands and grasslands through ALE. Landowners are compensated for enrolling their land in either of these two easement options.

Visit the Eligibility and Applying for ACEP web page for application materials.

You may also e-mail Peter Gibbs, Easements Programs Manager, or call 315-477-6543 for more information regarding ACEP - WRE and ALE in New York.