To establish an agricultural conservation easement program for the conservation of eligible land and natural resources through easements or other interests in the land.
The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) is comprised of two components - Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and
Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE).
The ALE component provides funding to eligible entities to purchase conservation easements to protect the agricultural use and future viability, and related conservation values of eligible land by limiting nonagricultural uses of that land; and to protect grazing uses and related conservation values by restoring and conserving eligible land.
The WRE component provides funding to eligible landowners to purchase easements to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands on eligible land.