The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a federal and state conservation partnership designed to address agriculture-related environmental concerns. participants receive financial incentives from USDA to voluntarily enroll environmentally sensitive cropland or pastureland in contracts for a period of 15 years. In return for annual rental payments, at an average of about $154 per acre participants can convert the land to native grasses, trees, and other conservation vegetation.


What are the Benefits?

  • Buffers provide another line of defense to filter surface water before it enters streams and water sources that contribute to nutrient loading to Lake Erie.
  • Stream banks without buffers tend to be less stable and have higher erosion rates.
  • Conservation buffers are a visual demonstration of your commitment to land stewardship.
  • New enrollees can get one a time bonus payment of $200 per acre.

Eligible Practices:

  • Grass Filter Strips
  • Riparian Forest Buffers
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Rare & Declining Habitat Restoration

For more information, contact Bret Margraf at or (419) 447-7073.

About Sarah Schott

I have enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors my entire life. My enjoyment of writing, reading, and teaching others leads me to want to share my passions of the environment. I have also found conservation to be very important and I am well aware of how important conservation choices are! Through my work with the District, I like to deliver information that is helpful, inspiring, and challenging for our readers to make even better conservation choices of all our natural resources!

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