The United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will continue accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program’s (ACEP) Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) for fiscal year 2016. The NRCS National Headquarters has set a Jan. 15, 2016 deadline to be considered for funding.
The 2014 farm bill divides ACEP into a wetland easement component and an agricultural land easement component.
The wetland easement largely mirrors the former Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) that helps to restore and enhance wetlands while improving wildlife habitat.
The agricultural land easement assists in preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural use lands.
This easement also supports environmental quality, wildlife habitat, historic preservation and protection of open spaces.
“ACEP-WRE provides an opportunity for landowners to get involved in conserving our natural resources,” stated Kurt Readus, Mississippi NRCS State Conservationist. “The benefits of ACEP-WRE will be seen and felt for many generations to come through perpetual easements on eligible lands.”
The purpose for the ACEP-WRE is to restore and enhance wetlands and improve wildlife habitat.
Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.