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Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

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CREP pays landowners to install filter strips along waterways or to return continually flooded fields to wetland while leaving the remainder of the adjacent land in agricultural production. The size of land put into CREP varies, and can be a strip as narrow as 30 feet with no minimum acreage size. This allows farmers to enroll land as needed and leave the remainder for farming. Enrollment options include either a 15-year agreement or a perpetual easement.

CREP is a joint effort between the federal, state, and county governments.

There are many options available under CREP. Land must be in the project area. Eligible practices include:

  • Filter Strips
  • Riparian Buffers
  • Grassed Waterways
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Marginal Pastureland Habitat Buffers
  • Permanent Introduced Grasses
  • Permanent Native Grasses
  • Grass Prarie Restoration
  • Established Legumes and Grasses

CREP Project Examples

Overhead image of a filter strip, a green grass strip between several crop fields

A filter strip in Wood County

Overhead photo of grassland field between crop fields

An entire CREP grassland field surrounding a waterway

More Information

For more information, visit https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/CREP.aspx.

If interested in applying for the CREP program in Wood County, contact Kyle Andreae with the Wood County Land and Water Conservation Department at 715-421-8475.

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