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 best management practice is for cost-share to be provided to install and maintain grass filter strips that are located adjacent to cropland or animal holding areas. 

The purpose of this practice is to implement a management program that will improve the quantity and quality of forage for livestock by assuring an adequate stand of forage is present to absorb runoff and reduce pollutants.

This practice will provide an incentive to keep a cover on cropland, which will help prevent the loss of nutrients. The primary purpose is to reduce winter rain and wind generated erosion; and secondly, to reduce the leaching of nutrients to groundwater. 

The purpose of this practice is to take lands out of production for three years and place them in a fallow stage that aims to rpoduce early successional habitat to wildlife species including, quail, meadowlarks, rabbits, songbirds and pollinating insects. No mowing, grazing, haying or other disturbances can occur during implementation of this practice. Currently only available in the six target SWCD areas.

The purpose of this practice is to improve water quality by scouting fields and/or crops and only applying pesticides when the pest reaches the threshold of economic damage. 

The purpose of this practice is to improve water quality by collecting and reusing irrigation and surface runoff that may be high in nutrients, sediments, or pesticides from a variety of vegetable & horticultural crops grown using synthetic mulch. 

Late winter split application of nitrogen on small grain consists of applying nitrogen at this time of year in two increments based on the progression of growth of the small grain crop. 

This practice will improve water quality by providing an adequate residue cover to prevent erosion and serve as desirable mulch for no-till cultivation. Water quality will also be enhanced by the nitrogen fixation of the legume in order to reduce ... 

The purpose of this practice is to provide alternative livestock watering systems and fencing that will improve water quality by eliminating direct access to surface waters and by improving pasture management by establishing rotational grazing. 

The intent of this practice is to prevent manure and sediment runoff from entering watercourses and sensitive karst areas to capture a portion of the manure as a resource for other uses such as crop fertilizer. 

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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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