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Grants to Oregon Agencies, Organizations,
and Tribes for Land Conservation Efforts

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program - Agricultural Land Easements (ACEP-ALE)

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Oregon

Deadline Date:

03/18/22 5:00 PM PST

Description:

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Grants to Oregon government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and tribes for land conservation efforts. Funding is intended to protect agricultural land and prevent it from being used for non-agricultural purposes. Eligible lands for agricultural easements include cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland, and nonindustrial private forest land.

NRCS provides financial assistance to eligible partners for purchasing Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) that 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. 

Under the ALE component, NRCS may contribute up to 50 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement. Where NRCS determines that grasslands of special environmental significance will be protected, NRCS may contribute up to 75 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement. The applicant will need to describe how the grassland offered for enrollment fits the definition of Grassland of Special Environmental Significance (ALE-GSS). Easement values for ALE are based on a fair market appraisal.

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. 

To enroll land through Agricultural Land Easements, NRCS enters into cooperative agreements with eligible partners (tribes, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations that have farm or grassland protection programs).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164230

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible partners include Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs.

Pre-Application Information:

Apply by March 18, 2022 to be considered in the next funding cycle.

Parcel applications must be received by 5:00 PM PST on the application batching date to be considered for funding in FY 2022.

Applicants must have a DUNS number.

For Supplemental Information, see URL for Full Text below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To enroll agricultural land easements, eligible partners must submit the respective applications listed in Supporting Documents, below, to the NRCS Oregon State Office. Please submit completed applications to:

USPS, UPS, or FedEx:
Attention: Easement Programs
United States Dept of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
1201 Lloyd Blvd, Suite 900
Portland, Oregon 97232

Email (preferred):
To: chris.chapa@usda.gov
Cc: catherine.magee@usda.gov
Subject: Entity Name_FY22 Parcel Application_1 of X

Chris Chapa, Easement Program Specialist
Phone: 503-414-3248

For assistance on completing the Parcel Application for RCPP ALE, please contact the Oregon Regional Conservation Partnership Program Coordinator – Tom Miewald – at tom.miewald@usda.gov.

Grant Coverage Areas:

For a map of priority areas, see page 45 of the General Application, in Supporting Documents, below.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon

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