Minnesota NRCS Accepting Applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Wetland Reserve Easement
Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications from agricultural producers in Minnesota for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program - Wetland Reserve Easement component (ACEP-WRE) through January 13, 2023.
ST. PAUL, Dec. 15, 2022, - The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications from agricultural producers in Minnesota for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program - Wetland Reserve Easement component (ACEP-WRE), that helps producers protect, restore, and enhance wetlands which have previously been degraded.
While NRCS accepts ACEP applications year-round, Minnesota producers and landowners should apply for AECP-WRE by January 13, 2023, to be considered for funding in the current cycle. Applications received after the sign-up date will automatically be considered during the next funding cycle. Funding is provided through a competitive process. The State Conservationist reserves the right to establish additional signup periods at his discretion.
ACEP-Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) help restore, protect and enhance wetlands on eligible land. Wetland reserve easements are either perpetual, for 30-years, or 30-year contracts (for Indian Tribes).
Find Minnesota’s sign-up periods for ACEP and other conservation programs at: Agricultural Conservation Easement Program - Minnesota | Natural Resources Conservation Service (usda.gov)
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