Cost-Share Programs for Land Management

The Piedmont Environmental Council and Piedmont Foundation offer a number of programs and funding resources for land management and conservation activities.

cattle water system on a slab of concrete on a rural farm
Cattle watering system on a farm. Credit Hugh Kenny/PEC

Numerous state and federal programs also exist to help landowners implement conservation practices and natural resource management efforts.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs)

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) aims to improve Virginia’s water quality and wildlife habitat by offering financial incentives, cost-share and rental payments to farmers who voluntarily restore riparian forest buffers, grass and shrub buffers, and wetlands using CREP-approved best management practices (BMPs).

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

EQIP is a conservation program offered through the Natural Resources Conservation Service that helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners integrate conservation into working lands. EQIP provides technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers and forest landowners to address natural resource concerns, such as:

  • Improved water and air quality;
  • Conserved ground and surface water;
  • Increased soil health;
  • Reduced soil erosion and sedimentation;
  • Improved or created wildlife habitat; and
  • Mitigation against drought and increasing weather volatility.

For more information and to find out how to get assistance, visit the Environmental Quality Incentives Program page.

Hardwood Initiative Cost-Share Program

VDOF’s Hardwood Initiative Cost Share provides cost share to private landowners (individuals, companies, LLCs, NGOs) who complete eligible hardwood management practices as recommended by a DOF forester. Cost share will be 75% of the cost, not to exceed the following per-acre limits.