PACE in Wisconsin
The Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) grant program provides funding to reimburse qualified entities -- land trusts or local governments -- for part of the purchase price of agricultural conservation easements from willing landowners. The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will administer the reimbursement program, but will not hold the conservation easements.
PACE is designed to provide state funding for the purchase of agricultural conservation easements.
Frequently asked questions about the program through which landowners can voluntarily sell conservation easements on working lands to a local land conservation non-profit (often referred to as a land trust) or local government.
Gathering Waters Conservancy and the American Farmland Trust have received funding from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program to hold a series of workshops focused on the new statewide Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) program and the development of local PACE programs.
The Wisconsin Working Lands Initiative, passed into law in June, 2009, includes a set of programs created in part to encourage local farmland conservation programs. We're doing out best to track the progress and increasing number of local efforts.