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
The application deadline is March 12, 2020.