Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) New Mexico will end its first, and potentially only, FY 2016 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) application period on January 29, 2016. See the email below from Seth Fielder, NRCS Resource Conservationist, for more information:
The purpose of this email is to advise all interested parties that NRCS New Mexico will end its first (and potentially only) FY 2016 ACEP application batching period at 5 pm MST on January 29, 2016.
This batching date will affect both ACEP Agricultural Lands Easement (ALE, the FRPP successor) and ACEP Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) applications.
Although budgets are not final at this time, currently NRCS NM anticipates having approximately $687,000 available in ACEAP ALE funding, and about $150,000 in ACEP WRE funding.
ACEP ALE (like the old FRPP) is only available to qualified entities with established agricultural easement programs on eligible private or tribally owned lands (not individual landowners).
ACEP WRE (like the old WRP) is available to land owners interested in working directly with NRCS in placing a conservation easement on qualified private or tribally owned wetlands.
Additional information will be made available on the USDA NRCS easement program web pages soon:
If you have specific questions or potential projects/applications you would like to discuss, please be in touch we me, or Kristin Graham Chavez, ASTC for Programs.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
6200 Jefferson St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 761-4416 – office
(505) 221-0981 – mobile
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