$1M Conservation Funding Announcement

The purpose of the Long Island Sound Watershed Regional Conservation Partnership Program (LISW-RCPP) — Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) — Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) grant round is to assist landowners, on a voluntary basis, in helping to restore, enhance and protect forestland resources on private lands through permanent conservation easements.

The Long Island Sound Watershed-Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) has developed this 2020 pre-screening application process to help the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) direct up to $1 million in Agricultural Conservation Easement Program — Agricultural Land Easement (ACEP-ALE) funding to land protection projects in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island and the Long Island Sound Watershed for forested parcels (>66% forest) that:

  • Permanently protect actively managed agricultural/forest land that will contribute to local economic activity
  • Improve plant and animal biodiversity
  • Enhance carbon sequestration
  • Protect drinking water supply resource areas

Click here for application materials, funding details, eligibility, and ranking criteria.

The application deadline is March 12, 2020.