Do you have a stream in need of restoration? The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) could be your answer.
CREP provides a cost-effective way for landowners to restore and enhance riparian vegetation along stream sides. CREP is an arm of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and contracts with landowners for a period of 10-15 years for the purpose of restoring streams and riparian areas to natural conditions. By doing so, water quality, soil erosion, stream bank stability and fish and wildlife habitat can all be enhanced. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers cost share for implementing conservation practices such as fencing, weed control, and planting along streams. They also offer incentive payments and rental payments for the term of the contract to make sure your restoration project is economically feasible.
If you are interested in applying for CREP, please contact Andy Neary, CREP Planner for Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes Counties at at 541-699-3202 or Andy.Neary@or.nacdnet.net.