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Funds available for conservation easements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Science is accepting applications for its easements program to conserve eligible agricultural lands and wetlands in North Dakota.

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The easements, if approved, would prevent productive agricultural land from being converted for non-agricultural use, according to a press release. Eligible lands include cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forestland. Wetland easements would “restore and enhance wetlands and improve habitat,” according to the release.

“This is an exciting new opportunity for even more people to get involved in conserving natural resources,” State Conservationist Mary Podoll said in a release. “We encourage Indian tribes, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations and private landowners to contact their local NRCS office to find out how to apply.”

Applications must be submitted by May 30. They’re available at