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Florida NRCS Accepting Conservation Easement Applications

Clint Thompson USDA-NRCS

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida reminds landowners they are accepting applications to fund agricultural easements in the state. Agricultural Land Easements and Wetland Reserve Easements are both being accepted at this time. NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to conserve working lands and wetlands through both of those programs.

NRCS provides financial assistance to conservation partners to purchase an Agricultural Land Easement that protects the agricultural use of cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland. Agricultural landowners and Indian tribes can apply for a Wetland Reserve Easement to restore wetlands, protect wildlife habitat and recharge groundwater on their property. Eligible landowners can enroll in a permanent or 30-year easement.

Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis, funding selections are typically made once a year. This sign-up period ends March 6.

Contact Crenel Francis at 352-338-9508 for questions and submissions.