NB_300_21_11 - NB 300-21-11 LTP – Easement Cost List Creation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021
NB 300-21-11 LTP – Easement Cost List Creation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021
National Bulletin: 300-21-11 Date: December 17, 2020
Subject: LTP – Easement Cost List Creation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021


Action Required By:  January 29, 2021
 
Purpose.  To provide State Conservationists guidance for the development of cost lists in Conservation Desktop (CD) to implement Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Emergency Watershed Protection Program-Floodplain Easements (EWPP-FPE), Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) and Farm Bill 2014 Regional Conservation Partnership Program where ACEP or HFRP is the covered program for FY 2021. 
 
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2021
 
Background.  In FY 2021, easement program applications, practice repairs, or maintenance activities must be planned in CD. To develop the agreement items, a cost list for each easement program must be developed and uploaded into CD.        
 

Explanation.  Cost lists for all easement programs need to be created in CD. The State user must have a State Programs or Toolkit State Role Grantor role from z-roles, to create or edit a statewide cost list in CD. The current regional payment schedules can be utilized to start building the conservation practice portion of the cost lists; however, any practice that contains foregone income must have this component of the cost removed. The easement acquisition practices can be developed using the established national Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) for environmental database records searches and appraisal technical reviewers, state specific BPA, agreements or other contracting mechanisms, or historical knowledge from past awards. The BPA rates for FY 2021 are included in Attachment A, List of Easement Practices and Blanket Purchase Agreement rates for FY 2021.

States are to create the following easement programs cost lists, if applicable, for FY 2021:

Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) Component of ACEP: States will need to create these for any prior year Cooperative or Grant agreements that may have a parcel substitution request. The cost list must include the appropriate easement practices from attachment A.

Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) Component of ACEP: States will populate easement practices and all conservation practices necessary to implement restoration. The cost list must include the appropriate easement practices from attachment A.

EWPP-FPE: States will populate easement practices and all conservation practices necessary to implement restoration. The cost list must include the appropriate easement practices from attachment A.

HFRP: States will populate restoration contract and all conservation practices necessary to implement restoration. The cost list must include the appropriate easement practice, LTP10YC from attachment A.

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (Farm Bill 2014) Covered Programs: States will populate easement practices and all conservation practices necessary to implement restoration, if applicable. The cost list must include the appropriate easement practices from attachment A.

Grassland Reserve Program (GRP): Cost lists for GRP must contain any conservation practices necessary for the repair, management, and maintenance.

Wetland Reserve Program (WRP): Cost lists for WRP must contain any conservation practices necessary for the repair, management, and maintenance of the habitat.

The attachment B, “Cost List Template” can be used to develop the program cost list and import into CD. A cost list training was provided on September 19, 2019, as part of the CD/CART Pretraining webinars, the recording is available on CD SharePoint at: Cost List Training Link.  Attachment C, lesson plan, “Create a New Cost List in Conservation Desktop” provides steps to create the cost list in CD.

 
Contact.  For questions related to the cost list development or review, contact Danielle Balduff, Natural Resources Specialist, at danielle.balduff@usda.gov.      
 
 


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JIMMY BRAMBLETT
Deputy Chief for Programs   

 

 

Attachment - List of Easement Practices and Blanket Purchase Agreement rates for FY 2021

Attachment B – Cost List Template

Attachment C - Lesson Plan Create a New Cost List in Conservation Desktop 

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