Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

Information for Landowners

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. Thousands of WI landowners have enrolled land in one of the enrollment options: 15 Year Agreement or Perpetual Easement. Currently, there are about 400 Easements and 3500 Agreements enrolling 40,000+ acres into CREP.

What Land is Eligible for CREP?

Land located in one of about 50 designated CREP counties (map), has a history of crop or pasture land, and is within 150 feet of a ditch, stream, lake, or wetland. (1000 feet for the Grassland Project Areas). The typical CREP site consists of buffers ranging from 30 to 150 feet wide along a stream and covers an area of about 10 acres.

What are the Eligible Conservation Practices?

There are many different conservation practice options through the CREP program. The practice installed on a property depends on both site factors and desires of the landowner. Conservation practices include: Filter Strips, Riparian Buffers, Grassed Waterways, Wetland Restorations, Marginal Pastureland Habitat Buffers, Permanent Introduced Grasses, Permanent Native Grasses, Grass Prairie Ecosystem Restorations, and Established Legumes and Grasses.

Further CREP Information

Below are links that provide landowners with further information about the CREP and how they can benefit from enrolling their land in the program.

Who to Contact?

Interested landowners should first contact their local Farm Service Agency or County Land Conservation Dept. to determine whether their land is eligible and to begin the application process. See link below: