WHAT IS CREP?
By cptp | 4:02 PM, 07/28/2015
CREP is a resource for those actively working the land to use to help meet their conservation goals, particularly those who currently till or graze land along rivers and streams. CREP is a joint effort between the Federal, State and County governments to complement working agriculture and the protection of Wisconsin’s soils and water resources. CREP pays landowners to install filter strips along waterways or to return continually flooded fields to wetlands while leaving the remainder of the adjacent land in agricultural production. The size of land put into CREP is variable and can be a strip as narrow as 30 feet with no minimum acreage size. This allows farmers to put what land is needed into the program and leave the remainder for farming. Options for enrollment are through either a 15 year agreement or a perpetual easement.
Financial incentives of CREP include cost sharing of conservation practice installation, up front incentive payments, and annual soil rental payments. CREP participants on average receive total combined state and federal payments per acre of $2000 for the 15-year contracts and $2,850 per acre for the perpetual conservation easements over the agreement timeframe.
Many different land cover and management practice options are available in the CREP program. The practice installed on a property depends on the desires of the landowner and site factors. Some of the more commonly installed practices include filter strips, riparian buffers, and wetland restorations.
DATCP offers Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) training for counties working on or interested in CREP. Training covers the CREP basics, county CREP responsibilities, and tools available. These trainings can be held at your local office and are a good opportunity for all local CREP partner agencies (LCD, FSC, NRCS & DATCP) to get together and review CREP in their area. Contact Brian.Loeffelholz@wisconsin.gov if you are interested in arranging a CREP training.