Florida Conservancy offers practical guidance on market-based incentives for natural and cultural resource protection.
Water Quality Credit Trading
Florida Conservancy provides land stewardship strategies that will reduce nutrient loads and potentially generate non-point source nutrient offsets. These offsets are similar in concept to other types of environmental credits, like mitigation banking, and represent on-the-ground nutrient reductions that are in place before they are needed.
Florida Conservancy strives to encourage environmental stewardship and the development of partnerships with landowners, federal, state, and local governments and other stakeholders in order to create sustainable solutions to complex environmental problems.
2014 Farm Bill Programs
Florida Conservancy works with landowners to develop practical plans for participating in USDA/NRCS Farm Bill programs that are both economically and ecologically beneficial. Whether a landowner prefers adopting conservation practices and activities under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, EQIP, and the Conservation Stewardship Program, CSP, or participating in the various easement options (under the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, ACEP), Florida Conservancy can assist as an eligible partner to develop plans, adopt and install practices, and when appropriate, create and monitor financially beneficial easements. Whatever the program, Florida Conservancy will work to maximize economic benefits to the landowner while protecting and enhancing agricultural and natural lands.
Two new programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill deserve highlighting:
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
This new program reorganizes the varied easements previously supported by the USDA and NRCS into Agricultural Land Easements (ALEs) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WREs).
ALEs are intended to protect the long-term viability of food supplies by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses. Land protected by ALEs provides additional public benefits, including enhanced environmental quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat, and protection of open space.
WREs are intended to provide habitat for fish and wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, improve water quality by filtering sediments and chemicals, reduce flooding, recharge groundwater, protect biodiversity, and provide opportunities for educational, scientific and limited recreational activities.
Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)
This new program uses partnership agreements with state and local governments, private companies, Indian tribes, and non-profit conservation organizations to leverage Federal funding to advance conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on a regional or watershed scale. Partners work with producers and others to design projects that improve natural resources on private lands in their region, and they also provide private sector investment to add to the impact of Federal funds.