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 implement a continuous no-till system and nutrient management planning technologies that result in the reduction of non-point source pollution to state waters from nutrients and sediments. 

The purpose of this practice is to provide an incentive to maintain stream-exclusion fencing damaged by flooding. Maintenance of fencing along streams to reduce erosion, sedimentation, and the pollution of water from livestock access to streams.

The purpose of this practice is to offer financial assistance to farmers and private certified nutrient management planners for the development, and revision of nutrient management plans. 

This practice will encourage organic nutrient source applications to be made at the rate and time specified in a nutrient management plan and determination of the need for any subsequent nitrogen sidedress application. 

The purpose of this program is to promote conversion of cropland to fields with a healthy, well-maintained sod. 

The purpose of this practice is to improve water quality by stabilizing soil, thus reducing the movement of sediment and nutrients from the site. This practice will promote land shaping and planting permanent vegetative cover on critically eroding areas. 

This practice will provide an incentive to keep a cover on cropland when it is not being used after harvest of a specialty crop cost-share and tax credit are provided to establish vegetative cover on specialty cropland. 

The purpose of this program is to offer an incentive that will change land use to one that will more effectively control the soil and nutrient loss from surface runoff, thus improving water quality. 

The purpose of the practice is to improve water quality by relocating confined feeding operations away from environmentally sensitive areas such as sinkholes, streams and rivers to reduce or eliminate the amount of pollution-laden runoff. 

The purpose of this program is to improve water quality by reducing the movement of sediment and materials from agricultural land to receiving streams. Structures will collect and store debris or control the grade of drainageways. 

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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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