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USDA to invest $138M in climate-smart easements


The USDA has announced a $138 million investment in climate-smart conservation easements.

Carrie Lindig, NRCS Easement Program Division Director, says the funds will help jumpstart conservation projects on land that has the most potential to reduce or capture carbon, methane, or nitrous oxide emissions.

“One of the great ways to offset carbon and mitigate for carbon dioxide is planting vegetation,” she said. “Trees sequester more carbon than grasses do.”

USDA says 138 new climate-smart conservation easements will be enrolled into the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).

USDA to invest $138M in climate-smart easements