NRCS in Rhode Island is now accepting additional applications for ACEP Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE) through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Applications that meet eligibility and ranking criteria in targeted areas that are received by March 17, 2023, will be considered for FY2023 funding.
NRCS in Rhode Island is now accepting additional applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program - Wetland Reserve Easements (ACEP-WRE) through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Applications that meet eligibility and ranking criteria in ACEP-WRE-IRA targeted areas and are received by March 17, 2023, will be considered for FY2023 funding.
ACEP-WRE-IRA helps landowners, land trusts, and other entities protect, restore, and enhance wetlands by funding conservation easements on priority land areas. IRA priority land areas include regions identified with soils high in organic carbon that will reduce, capture, avoid, or sequester carbon dioxide, methane or nitrous oxide emissions.
Wetland Reserve Easements allow landowners to successfully enhance and protect habitat for wildlife on their lands, reduce impacts from flooding, recharge groundwater, and provide outdoor recreational and educational opportunities. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance directly to private and tribal landowners to restore, protect and enhance wetlands through the purchase of these easements, and eligible landowners can choose to enroll in a permanent or 30-year easement.
NRCS accepts applications for conservation programs year-round and they’re processed when funding becomes available. Applications for ACEP-WRE-IRA are available through your local USDA Service Center or Conservation District and online.
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