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 offer an incentive that will change land use, provide vegetative stabilization or improve management techniques to more effectively control soil erosion, sedimentation and nutrient loss from surface runoff. 

This practice promotes growing crops in a systematic arrangement of strips or bands across the general land slope to reduce water erosion and nutrient loss.

The purpose of the practice is to improve water quality by impounding surface water and allowing sediments and nutrients to settle out.

The purpose of this program is to improve water quality by reducing slope and slope length to one that will slow the movement of sediment and nutrients from cropland. 

The purpose of this practice is to provide a financial incentive to agricultural operators that implement qualified nutrient management plans, and provide records of nutrient applications. 

The purpose of this practice is to offer cost-share assistance to establish a natural and environmentally acceptable fringe buffer of selected marsh grasses to provide toe stabilization protection on tidal waters. 

Cost sharing and tax credit are authorized for the construction or purchase and installation of a water control device within a drainage system which will regulate the water level for nutrient uptake by plants and allow for denitrification by natural ...

The purpose of this practice is to improve water quality by returning environmental sensitive land back to its original wetland condition before it was converted to cropland. 

Woodland buffer filter areas serve as a protection method along streams to reduce erosion, sedimentation, and the pollution of water from agricultural non-point sources. 

The purpose of this practice is to improve water quality by stabilizing soil, thus reducing the movement of sediment and nutrients from the site. 

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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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