Signed up for Wetland Reserve Easements
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[March 23, 2020]
State Conservationist, announced the application period for the 2020
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP-WRE). USDA’s
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps provide
long-term protection of Illinois’ farmland, wetlands and grasslands
through ACEP. “The first application cut-off date has been
established,” Dozier explains. “Right now we’re accepting
applications for Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). Applications that
meet program eligibility and ranking criteria and are received by
April 13th will be considered for the 2020 program.”
For ACEP-WRE in FY20, Illinois was allocated $5.4 million. NRCS
may establish a second application funding cutoff opportunity
later this year if all funds are not used in the first
application cutoff. Dozier reminds farmers and landowners they
can apply for ACEP—and all conservation programs—at any time, as
sign-up is continual and applications can be submitted any time.
NRCS offers two types of easements through ACEP: Agricultural
Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). NRCS
will establish an application cutoff for ALE at a later date.
NRCS is still finalizing ranking criteria for fiscal year 2020.
The Geographic Area Rate Caps (GARCs) have been established and
are available on the NRCS website. GARCs establish the rate per
acre that NRCS pays to landowners for the ACEP-WRE easement.
The purpose of the Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) is to help
landowners enhance and protect habitat for wetland wildlife on
their lands, reduce impacts from flooding, recharge groundwater,
provide outdoor recreation, and increase habitat for migratory
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NRCS provides technical and financial assistance
directly to private 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.
To apply for a wetlands easement through ACEP - WRE, visit NRCS at
your local USDA Service Center.
Find more information about ACEP and other NRCS conservation
programs in Illinois online at www.il.nrcs.usda.gov/programs.
Public Affairs Officer
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service]