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File #: 20-0797    Version: 1 Name: 6/15/20 Program Agreements with USDA NCRS for Conservation Easement Grants
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/15/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/15/2020 Final action: 6/15/2020
Enactment date: 6/15/2020 Enactment #: R-20-198
Title: Resolution to Approve Two Program Agreements with the USDA-NRCS Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
Resolution to Approve Two Program Agreements with the USDA-NRCS Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
This resolution approves two Program Agreements with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Due to a change in federal process, these Program Agreements replace the prior Cooperative Agreements as the master agreements that enable the City to apply for NRCS federal grants. One covers applications for grant funds made under the ACEP program and one covers applications made under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Approval of these Program Agreements is a prerequisite to applying for and receiving federal ACEP grant funds.

The Program Agreements do not bind the City to expend any funds or purchase any conservation easement. The Program Agreements are master agreements with USDA-NRCS-ACEP that provide a framework under which the City is permitted to apply for and be awarded grants for individual conservation easements. Each conservation easement will be the subject of a separate Parcel Contract under the umbrella of the Program Agreement. If ACEP funding is awarded to the City for purchase of a particular conservation easement, City Council will be presented a separate resolution at that time to formally accept the funding and authorize the purchase. The individual Parcel Contracts will only be executed after Council approval for that specific conservation easement purchase.

The ACEP Program Agreement allows the City to apply for ACEP grants on an annual basis over the next five years. Applications to the NRCS ACEP Program are for funds up to 50% of the appraised fair market value for agricultural conservation easements. This is the primary source of federal matching funds for the City Greenbelt Program.

The RCPP Program Agreement allows the City to continue to apply for grants under the Huron River Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). ...

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