USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia has announced a sign-up for this year’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). In order to be considered for fiscal year 2022 funding, applications must be submitted by November 5, 2021.
ACEP is a program with two components, Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE).
Georgia State Conservationist Terrance O. Rudolph said, “ACEP is another tool NRCS has to help all different types of landowners find the right conservation solution for them. We understand not all programs appeal the same to everyone, but we do want all groups- tribes, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations and private landowners- to know that we work for them, and together we can find a solution to their conservation challenges.”
ACEP-WRE applications are accepted directly from producers on eligible lands. These easements will restore and enhance wetlands and improve habitat. Eligible lands include farmed, prior converted or forested wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.
Applications for the ACEP-ALE are accepted from eligible partners. These eligible entities may submit proposals to NRCS to acquire a conservation easement on eligible agricultural land. NRCS does not accept applications for ACEP-ALE directly from producers. Producers will need to work with an eligible entity to pursue funding for an ACEP-ALE conservation easement.
More information on ACEP can be found on the GA NRCS website.