The New Mexico Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), the nation's premier conservation easement program that helps landowners protect working agricultural lands and wetlands.
The NRCS administers ACEP is a voluntary program created in the 2014 Farm Bill to protect and restore critical wetlands on private and tribal lands through the wetland reserve easement component (ACEP-WRE). ACEP also encourages farmers, ranchers and non-industrial private forest landowners to keep their private and tribal land in agricultural use through the agricultural land easement component (ACEP-ALE).
Applications for ACEP are accepted year round. Complete applications received by Friday, March 17, 2017, will be considered for fiscal year 2017 funding.
Here is the web link (https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nm/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1309998)on our website or you can use the attached Word document.
Please contact Kris Graham Chavez, NRCS New Mexico's Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, for more details. She can be reached at 505-761-4404 or Kristin.Grahamchavez@nm.usda.gov.