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