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.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a federal program that provides technical assistance to eligible farmers to address soil, water and related natural resource concerns on their property or land that they farm. 

This program helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture, including working forest land or forested areas that buffer or protect agriculture from development, by putting a permanent conservation easement on the property.

The Forest Legacy Program (FLP), a Federal program in partnership with States, is designed to encourage the protection of privately-owned forestlands by providing open space, protecting viewsheds from scenic roads or rivers and providing sustainable forest products to support the regional economy.

The Forestry Quail Habitat Recovery Cost-Share Program aims to provide funding assistance to forest landowners for a variety of good forestry practices, which will enhance quail habitat.

The Grassland Reserve Program was created to help landowners and operators protect grazing lands and grassland conservation values, including biodiversity, through short-term rental contracts and permanent easements.

The purpose of this program is to provide landowners with financial incentives to conduct pine thinnings and/or longleaf pine restoration on appropriate sites. 

Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) programs are programs designed to compensate landowners who voluntarily place an agricultural conservation easement on their property. 

The primary goal is to provide cost-share assistance to landowners for pine reforestation. 

The goal of this program is to conserve, establish, and enhance forests, with a focus on productive, private working forests. Applies to the following counties: Dinwiddie, Isle of Wight, Prince George, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, and the City of Suffolk.

The purpose of this practice is to improve water quality by properly handling chemicals and fertilizers during mixing equipment. This practices will promote facilities to adequately store, mix and contain agricultural chemicals and fertilizers.

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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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Free Easement Packet

Important information about conservation easements -- including a sample PEC Easement and guidelines on how to proceed with donating a easement.

Working with Conservation

Read interviews with Piedmont farmers who have helped improve water quality by integrating Best Management Practices into their land and farm management. 

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