Agricultural Conservation Easement Program


Are you a conservation-minded rancher, farmer or landowner looking to permanently protect the land that you love?   If so, you are in the right place. Hill Country Conservancy, and its partners, are offering to purchase a conservation easement for your land as part of the Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative (HCHCI). Under a conservation easement agreement, you retain ownership and use of your land while protecting its water, soil, and wildlife forever.

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)

HCHCI has $2,100,000 available for the purchase of conservation easements from willing landowners seeking permanent solutions for their land stewardship.  To qualify for this funding your eligibility will be evaluated based on the following criteria.

  • The landscape - scale impact
  • Benefits to water resources and wildlife habitat
  • The land's estimated long-term productivity estimate
  • The proximity to other protected land
  • The impending threat of encroaching development
  • The cost-effectiveness of an easement on the land
  • Consistency with regional conservation priorities
  • The location of the land falls within the designated region

How to apply:

Hill Country Conservancy is currently pre-screening projects for funding eligibility. Those who meet the pre-screening criteria will be invited to fill out an application.  To fill out the ACEP Pre-application click here.

For information regarding the entire application process, click here.

Information about the program:

ACEP is one of the three cost share programs offered by HCHCI. Funding for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program comes from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)—a program of the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).