NB_300_21_31 - NB 300-21-31 LTP – Documentation of Stewardship Land Easements Not Funded Through NRCS Easement Programs (Other Stewardship Land Easements)
NB 300-21-31 LTP – Documentation of Stewardship Land Easements Not Funded Through NRCS Easement Programs (Other Stewardship Land Easements)
National Bulletin: 300-21-31 Date: May 18, 2021
Subject: LTP – Documentation of Stewardship Land Easements Not Funded
Through NRCS Easement Programs (Other Stewardship Land

Purpose.  To provide updated instructions on collecting data concerning Other Stewardship Land (OSL) easements (wetland mitigation, flowage, Public Law (PL)─566, and other watershed easements). 
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2021
Background.   In order to continue to enhance data completeness and quality and fulfill requirements of a complete and accurate Agency financial statement, NRCS must be able to account for all stewardship land easements. To achieve this goal, NRCS must assess and collect data associated with easements that the agency (as NRCS, the Soil Conservation Service, or the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC)), on behalf of the United States, is a holder or has other responsibilities outlined in the easement deed. More than 10 years ago, NRCS began the effort of collecting information about the “other stewardship land (OSL)
easements” at a national level 

Explanation.  In order to document OSL easements that have not been acquired through easement
programs administered by NRCS, in which the agency on behalf of the United States has established
responsibilities outlined in the deed, complete the following actions prior to National Easement Staging
Tool (NEST) fiscal year 2021 end-of-year shutdown:

1. Collect all Food Security Act Compliance easements, wetland mitigation easements, flowage
easements, and PL 566 floodplain easements, and other easements administered by NRCS not
enrolled through an NRCS easement program not currently in NEST and determine whether or not the
agency on behalf of the United States is a holder of the easement or has some other interest or
responsibility in the easement deed (e.g., monitoring, enforcement, etc.). Notify the Easement
Programs Division (EPD) via the Program Activity Management Solution (PAMS) at
if you are aware of other types of easements that similarly identify the agency as the holder on the
easement deed or the agency has another defined responsibility in the easement deed or to request
review of a deed to determine if it is an OSL.

2. Scan each OSL easement deed separately and name the resulting PDF files using the following
nomenclature: State Abbreviation-Fiscal Year of Deed Signed Date-Last Name/Entity Name of
Landowner (e.g., ND-97-Smith).

3. Create a new OSL record in NEST for each OSL easement.
    • Select “Other Stewardship Lands” from the “Tracking Inbox” menu on the top of the NEST
       home page.
    • Select “New” and enter in all required fields.
       o Use the same nomenclature to complete the “Other Identifying Name or Number” data
          element as was used for the naming of the PDF.
       o Select the “New Landowner” and “New Location” buttons to enter landowner and
          location information.
       o The “Closing date” data element will appear once all other required data elements 
          have been entered and saved.
     • Upload the OSL easement deed to the Documents page.

For OSL records that already exist in NEST, ensure that all required data elements have   been completed, including the closing date. If the OSL easement has been acquired, the NEST OSL record status should either be “Acquired” or “Completed.” “Acquired” indicates a closing date has been entered and “Completed” indicates a closing date and a restoration completion date have been entered.

The need to track, document, and steward these OSLs is an ongoing need for the agency. All new and newly discovered wetland mitigation, flowage, and PL 566 easement deeds should be entered into NEST within two weeks of the last signature on the deed.

Contact.  Questions regarding this national bulletin should be directed to NESTSupport@usda.gov.


Deputy Chief for Programs

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