Sources of Conservation Funding

Sources of Conservation Funding

Whether your land includes streams, forests, or is used for agricultural purposes, there is likely a program that could aid your efforts to protect the ecological and open space values of your property. The programs listed in this database provide cost-sharing and low-cost loan assistance for on-the-ground conservation measures, or they benefit landowners through reduced taxes and tax credits.

A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and a govt. agency or non-profit conservation organization that places permanent limits on the future development of the property in order to protect the conservation values of the land. 

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a joint federal and state program that aims to protect environmentally sensitive areas and improve water quality by restoring wetlands and establishing vegetative buffers along eligible bodies of water.

The CREP easement is a permanent conservation easement which protects farmland along streams by limiting what can be done in these areas. The Department of Conservation and Recreation pays the landowner $1,000 an acre for the easement.

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) aims to protect topsoil from erosion and safeguard groundwater, mprove water quality, establish wildlife habitat, and enhance forest and wetland resources by reducing water runoff and sedimentation.

The goal of this practice is to protect topsoil from erosion and safeguard water quality, establish wildlife habitat, and enhance forest and wetland resources through the establishment of permanent grasses and legumes. To insure that the CRP conservation cover adequately provides plant diversity, wildlife value and protection of soil and water resources for the length of the contract period, management practices are required and will be listed in the conservation plan.

The goal of this practice is to protect topsoil from erosion and safeguard water quality, establish wildlife habitat, and enhance forest and wetland resources through the establishment of permanent native grasses. To insure that the CRP conservation cover adequately provides plant diversity, wildlife value and protection of soil and water resources for the length of the contract period, management practices are required and will be listed in the conservation plan.

The goal of CP3A is to protect topsoil from erosion and safeguard water quality, establish wildlife habitat, and enhance forest and wetland resources through the planting of hardwood trees. To insure that the CRP conservation cover adequately provides plant diversity, wildlife value and protection of soil and water resources for the length of the contract period management practices are required and will be listed in the conservation plan.

The goal of CP-4B is to protect topsoil from erosion and safeguard water quality, establish wildlife habitat, and enhance forest and wetland resources through the establishment of permanent wildlife habitat corridors. To insure that the CRP conservation cover adequately provides plant diversity, wildlife value and protection of soil and water resources for the length of the contract period management practices are required and will be listed in the conservation plan.

The goal of CP-4D is to protect topsoil from erosion and safeguard groundwater, improve water quality, establish wildlife habitat, and enhance forest and wetland resources by reducing water runoff and sedimentation through the establishment of noneasement permanent wildlife habitat areas.

The Conservation Stewardship Program allows producers to earn payments for improving, maintaining and managing existing conservation activities and undertaking new ones on working farms and forests. 

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The Piedmont Environmental Council has provided this program summary for informational purposes only, accuracy is not guaranteed. Please consult the program's representative or administrator for full project details and requirements and to inquire about the availability of funding.

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