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Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program - CREP

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program - CREP

What is CREP?
CREP began in Pennsylvania in 1999 for 20 counties in the lower Chesapeake Bay Watershed. It is a voluntary program aimed at reducing soil erosion, improving water quality, improving wildlife habitat, and increasing income on marginal cropland and pasture areas. To achieve these goals, landowners are given various payments to establish a variety of practices on the acreage they offer. In September, 2004 CREP became available to landowners in the upper 23 counties of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, which includes Lycoming County!

What Conservation Practices are Available?  

There are practices available to suit a variety of needs and goals that a landowner has in mind. Landowners may choose to install a grass or tree/shrub buffer along streams that run through their property. Tree/shrub buffer
   
This includes that availability of fencing, stream crossings and construction of new watering facilities.
 
Fencing, stream crossings and construction of new watering facilities
   
There are also practices available for wildlife enthusiasts. Native Warm Season Grasses and wildflowers provide some of the best upland cover for a wide variety of game and non-game species of wildlife. Native Warm Season Grasses
   
Planting Introduced Cool Season Grasses and Legumes is another practice available to landowners. Planting Introduced Cool Season Grasses and Legumes
   
Wildlife Food Plots can be planted as a compliment to another practice. Here the landowner has planted Sorghum to provide a food source for late fall and into the winter. Wildlife Food Plots

What Types of Payments are Available to Landowners?
Landowners who choose to enroll in CREP will receive annual rental payments for the acreage they are willing to establish conservation practices on. Current enrollees in Lycoming County average a payment of $115/acre per year they are enrolled. Landowners may enroll in 10-15 year contracts. There are also one-time bonus payments of $100-$150/acre for conservation practices that are established adjacent to streams/bodies of water.
 
There is also money available to help with the costs of establishing the conservation practices. The USDA/Farm Service Agency will provide up to 50% of the costs for establishing most practices. In addition to that, the State of Pennsylvania has also provided additional cost-share to help out with the other 50% of the costs. State cost-share differs with each conservation practice (SEE TABLE 1). USDA/Farm Service Agency will also provide a one time bonus, equal to 40% of eligible costs, for conservation practices that are established adjacent to streams/bodies of water. This includes fencing, stream crossings, etc.

Am I Eligible?
All cropland or marginal pastureland within 180 feet of a stream is eligible. Highly erodible cropland further than 180 feet is also eligible as long as it has been cropped 4 out of the 6 years between 1996 and 2001. Landonwers who are interested in enrolling or unsure if they are eligible should contact the Farm Service Agency at (570) 433-3902.
 
CONSERVATION OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY. BY IMPLEMENTING CONSERVATION PRACTICES THROUGH CREP, PRODUCERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROFIT TREMENDOUSLY.
 

TABLE 1
Lycoming County, PA – CREP
Soil Rental Rates, Cost Sharing, and Incentive Payments


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Other Projects In Lycoming County Completed Through CREP

Cool Season Grasses/Legumes with hardwood Stream buffer with fencing and new watering facility
Cool Season Grasses/Legumes with hardwood Stream buffer with fencing and new watering facility
   
Riparian forested tree buffer along a stream Tree buffer established adjacent to a farm pond
Riparian forested tree buffer along a stream Tree buffer established adjacent to a farm pond
   
Wildflowers interseeded into cool season Native grasses with black-eyed
Wildflowers interseeded into cool season Native grasses with black-eyed

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