CREP is a voluntary program that pays landowners to install filter strips along waterways or return frequently flooded fields to wetlands, while leaving the remainder of the adjacent land in agricultural production. There is no minimum acreage for CREP, which allows landowners to enroll as much land as necessary to meet conservation goals. CREP is a joint effort between the Federal, State and County agencies.
Improves water quality
Reduces soil erosion
Reduces amount of sediment, phosphorus and other pollutants from entering waterbodies
Improves wildlife habitat
Benefits for Landowners
Annual rental payments
Upfront incentive payments
Practices incentive payments to cover installation cost
Land maintains agricultural property tax assessment
Can help mitigate continual financial losses such as crop damage or seed and nutrient loss on frequently flooded land
Can be used to help square up fields
No public access is required.
There are two contract options
Perpetual Conservation Easements
Eligible lands must be in the CREP project area that is shown on the map below. Eligible land must also be within 150 feet of a stream, waterbody, wetland or sinkhole. Additionally, land must meet crop rotation requirements or marginal pastureland qualifications.
Eligible practices for Riparian Project Area
Marginal Pastureland Wildlife Habitat Buffers
Example of Riparian Buffers
For more information see links below or contact the Door County Soil & Water Conservation Department at (920) 746-2214.