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 purpose of this practice is to improve water quality by removing sources of pollution from sinkholes and providing an adequate buffer to trap and filter sediments and nutrients from surface flows that enter the groundwater through sinkholes. 

The purpose of this best management practice program is to provide watering facilities for livestock to reduce or eliminate the need for livestock to access streams, which reduces erosion and livestock waste reaching the stream.

This practice is designed to provide facilities for incinerating poultry and livestock carcasses from normal mortality. Incinerators must be sized to accommodate normally expected mortality from the existing operation. 

The purpose of this practices is to improve water quality by storing and spreading waste at the proper time, rate and location, and/or to control erosion and nutrient input caused by winter-feeding operations located adjacent to riparian areas. 

The purpose of the Animal Waste Structuring Pumping Equipment practice is to provide a mechanism used to agitate and/or pump liquid and/or simi-liquid animal waste for the purpose of land application.

Buffer strip cropping involves a series of narrow permanent protective strips of sod alternating with wider strips of row or close growing crops. 

The purpose of this best management practice is to stop or prevent the pollution of the groundwater by cleaning and capping, or plugging abandoned wells. 

This practice is designed to provide facilities for composting poultry and swine carcasses from normal mortality, storage of raw materials necessary for composting, storage of the composted end product, and the recycling of composted carcasses. 

The purpose of this best management practice is to improve water quality by using a constructed wetlands to remove nutrients from animal waste, or sediments and nutrients from stormwater runoff. 

The purpose of the Continuing Conservation initiative for forested riparian buffers is to offer a financial incentive to maintain the established buffers adjacent to waterways for an additional five years past the original practice lifespan.

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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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