Sources of Conservation Funding

Program Description:

By participating in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), you are already committed to protecting water quality and providing habitat for wildlife. CREP easements go a step further by making the protection permanent. It’s a voluntary solution for protecting agricultural land and instituting a stewardship ethic that passes through the generations.

The easement option is available only after the landowner has installed CREP riparian buffer protections. The land use restrictions in the easement, which are added to the property deed, are similar to the CREP rental contract restrictions. The landowner agrees to keep the land as a restored riparian buffer or wetland after the CREP 10 to 15-year rental contract expires. The easement also gives DCR the right to monitor the riparian buffer each year to make sure the easement’s terms are being followed and to assure that future landowners honor the conditions of the easement.

Land Eligibility:

Must be enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) to be considered for a permanent CREP easement.

Contract Length:


Cost-Share/Payment Information:

Participants will receive $1,000 per acre enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) for a permanent conservation easement. The easement must be reviewed and agreed upon by the landowner, DCR, and the state Attorney General before payment is given. This process could take anywhere from several months to over a year, depending on complications experienced in the process. There may be tax advantages to an easement. Placing an easement on your property may or may not result in property tax savings. It is essential that the landowner consult his or her own tax advisor to determine potential tax advantages.

Signup Information

You may sign up at any time

Program Adminstrator:

The Department of Conservation and Recreation's CREP Easement Coordinator. 203 Governor Street, Suite 302 Richmond, VA 23219, Fax: (804) 225-2048, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.

Conservation Questions?

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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.

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