Southwest Washington Conservation Programs

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) - Wetland Reserve Easement

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Benefits provided: 

Financial, free technical assistance

Water-focused program: 


Protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on your property.



Wetland Reserve Easements provide habitat for fish and wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, improve water quality by filtering sediments and
chemicals, reduce flooding, recharge groundwater, protect biological diversity and
provide opportunities for educational, scientific and limited recreational activities.


Includes farmed or converted wetlands that
have been previously altered for agricultural
production that can be successfully and
cost-effectively restored.

Permanent easements, 30-year easements, term easements (max under state law), 30 year contracts.

Financial benefit: 

Depends on permanent easement, 30-year easement, or 30-year contract. For permenant easements, NRCS pays 100 percent of the easement value for the purchase of the easement. Additionally, NRCS pays between 75 to 100 percent of the restoration costs. For 30-year easements, NRCS pays 50 to 75 percent of the easement value for the purchase of the easement. Additionally, NRCS pays between 50 to 75 percent of the restoration costs.

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Information last updated on December 1, 2020.

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