NRCS funds available for Colorado ag conservation easements
The Natural Resources Conservation Service has made $3.85 million in financial and technical assistance available to preserve productive farm and ranch lands, as well as wetlands and grasslands.
The funds have been made available through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, which provided $3.97 million in funding to Colorado in 2014 to enroll an estimated 5,397 acres of farmland, ranchland, grassland and wetlands through eight new easements, the United States Department of Agriculture reported.
“Conservation easements are an important tool to help these landowners and partners voluntarily provide long-term protection of our nation’s farmland, ranchland, wetlands, and grasslands for future generations,” Colorado NRCS State Conservationist Clint Evans said in a press release.
A change to the easement program is the addition of “grasslands of special environmental significance” to protect high-quality grasslands from conversion to cropping, urban development and other non-grazing uses.
Applications for the funds are available at local USDA Service Centers and must be submitted to NRCS by May 15.
To learn more, visit http://1.usa.gov/1CQYPnn.
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