Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

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.
Related Programs10.069 Conservation Reserve Program; 10.072 Wetlands Reserve Program; 10.904 Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention; 10.913 Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program; 10.920 Grassland Reserve Program; 10.922 Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Local USDA Service Centers can be found in the blue pages of the local telephone directory under the heading USDA Service Center or through the office locator assistance on the NRCS website found at

If no listing, contact the appropriate State NRCS office listed in the NRCS Section of Appendix IV of the Catalog.