Olympic Peninsula Conservation Programs

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) - Agricultural Land Easements

Program level:


Land use:




Benefits provided: 


Water-focused program: 


Protect the agricultural use and conservation values of eligible land.



In the case of working farms, the program helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture. The program also protects grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving grassland, including rangeland, pastureland and shrubland.


Land includes cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forest land. NRCS will prioritize applications that protect agricultural uses and related conservation values of the land and those that maximize the protection of contiguous acres devoted to agricultural use.

Financial benefit: 

Easement payment (up to 75% of fair market value price can come from NRCS; other cooperating entity can contribute the remainder)

Contact information

Contact person: 

Carlee Elliot (WA State Coordinator)

Jennifer Bond (Clallam)

Sierra Young (Jefferson)

Dan Larsen (Kitsap)


Local Conservation District: Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap

Phone number: 

509-323-2920 (Carlee)

775-3747 Ext. 2 (Clallam)

360-385-4105 (Jefferson)

360-204-5529 Ext.129 (Kitsap)


Information last updated on November 1, 2021.

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