Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust & NRCS Strike a Deal
Posted on: Apr 25, 2017
In January 2016, the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) began negotiating a new conservation easement funding arrangement. This March, after 15 months of negotiation, WSGLT and the NRCS agreed on a conservation easement deed template for landowners to rely on and incorporate when utilizing NRCS’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). The conservation easement deed template is lauded as an important tool for landowners to manage their operations while meeting the purposes and needs of the ACEP program according to WSGLT Executive Director, Bo Alley. Additionally, the deed template takes part of the uncertainty out of the conservation easement negotiation process for landowners.
WSGLT uses conservation easement to help landowners maintain the land’s productive capacity and open character. When a landowner completes a conservation easement with WSGLT, they retain title and other ownership rights, but voluntarily agree to limit the amount and type of development on their property. The conservation easements are tailored to fit the agricultural operation and management needs of the operations.
In accordance with the ACEP program, the NRCS will fund up to 50% of the value of conservation easements for selected projects. Over the last 16 years, the partnership between WSGLT and NRCS has provided nearly $19M in conservation easement funding, and has resulted in 37 conservation easements on agricultural property in Wyoming.
WSGLT partners with private landowners to permanently conserve working landscapes, and in turn history, culture, and economy in Wyoming. Since their inception, WSGLT has assisted 70 families resulting in 91 easements protecting 236,912 acres of agricultural land.
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