Do you want to keep your farm or ranch in agriculture for future generations? Do you want to protect your agricultural land from future development? Do you want to restore wetland habitat on your land and protect it for migratory birds, fish, and other wildlife?

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Oregon offers easement programs to help private landowners, state and local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit groups protect Oregon’s working agricultural lands and wetlands for future generations.

NRCS is accepting applications for the new Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP). Applications must be submitted by Nov. 18 to be considered in the first batch of applications for Fiscal Year 2017 funding.

NRCS will rank applications based on identified natural resource concerns and priority areas throughout the state. Easement priority areas in Oregon include critical water bird habitat, Coho and steelhead salmon habitat, sage grouse habitat, grasslands and more.

Through the ACEP, NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to secure easements for both working agricultural lands and for wetlands. The program has two components: one for Agricultural Land Easements and one for Wetland Reserve Easements.

To find a local NRCS office near you, visit the NRCS Oregon website at www.or.nrcs.usda.gov and view the “Contact Us” tab for a map of local service centers.

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