ELIGIBILITY: Property with conservation or historic resources. Acreage: N/A Plan required: Easement agreement.
CONTRACTDURATION: In perpetuity Public Access: Dependent on easement purpose Compensation: Varies by land trust and location
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
Contact: Farm Service Agency Land retirement program that provides technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers and ranchers to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner.
Practices: Voluntary land retirement; Agency-identified conservation projects
ELIGIBILITY: Area-specific agency identified projects. Acreage: N/A Plan required: Conservation plan
CONTRACT DURATION: 10 or 15 years Public Access: Not required Compensation: Annual rental rate, ≤ 50% cost-share, sign-up incentive
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
Contact: Farm Service Agency Land rental agreement program for farmers to remove land from production to protect environmentally sensitive land, decrease erosion, restore wildlife habitat, and safeguard ground and surface water.
Practices: Voluntary land retirement; Wildlife habitat, wetland, or riparian buffers; Wetland restoration; Shelterbelts; Living snow fences; Shallow water wildlife habitat
ELIGIBILITY: Croplands. Marginal pasturelands suitable for riparian buffers or other water quality purposes. Acreage: N/A Plan required: Conservation plan
CONTRACT DURATION: 10 or 15 years Public Access: Not required Compensation: Annual rental rate, ≤50% cost-share, sign-up incentive
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Contact: Natural Resources Conservation Service Cost-share conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by: undertaking additional conservation activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities.
Practices: Road dust control; Patch-burning wildlife habitat enhancement; Prescribed fire; Shallow water wildlife habitat; Riparian buffer; Forest stand improvement; Wildlife corridors; Restoration/management of rare/declining habitats; Hardwood crop tree release; Sustainable management of non-timber forest plants
ELIGIBILITY: Restorable wetlands and/or suitable for wildlife. Acreage: N/A Plan required: Wetlands Restoration Plan
CONTRACT DURATION: 10 years, 30 years, permanent easement Public Access: Not required Compensation: 10 yr - 75% cost-share of restoration; 30 yr - 75% of permanent easement value & 75% cost-share of restoration; permanent easement - Lesser of agriculture value, $1,300, or amount offered by landowner and 100% of wetland restoration.