Thursday, January 28, 2021

NRCS-PA Announces $1.9 Million In Funding Available For Wetlands Restoration, Protection In PA

On January 28, the USDA’s
Natural Resources Conservation Service in Pennsylvania now has $1.9 million in funding available through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program to help private landowners, land trusts, and other groups wanting to restore and protect critical wetlands and protect agricultural lands and grasslands.

Applications are due March 1.

“For over 25 years, NRCS has worked with landowners to protect their wetlands and agricultural lands,” said State Conservationist Denise Coleman. “Conservation easements are important tools for people who are trying to improve soil health, water and air quality and wildlife habitat on their land.”

Funding is available for both the Agricultural Land Easement program and the Wetland Reserve Easement Program in 2021. 

Through ACEP Agricultural Land Easements, NRCS provides funds to eligible entities to purchase permanent easements on private working lands. This program helps keep working lands working, especially in areas experiencing development pressure. 

For ALE, $1,315,900.00 in funding is available for cooperating/partner entities to preserve agricultural land.

Through ACEP Wetland Reserve Easements, NRCS helps landowners restore, enhance, and protect wetland ecosystems. NRCS and the landowner work together to develop a plan for the restoration and maintenance of the permanent easement. 

For WRE, $642,000.00 is available for private landowners to preserve and restore wetland habitat across Pennsylvania.

Landowners interested in wetland reserve easements and partners interested in agricultural land easements should contact their local USDA service center.

For more information on programs, initiatives, technical and financial assistance for landowners, visit the NRCS-PA webpage.

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[Posted: January 28, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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