Are you interested in active stewardship of your land? The following programs provide participating landowners some cost-sharing assistance for managing conservation land.
Your local land trust may be a good source of information about land management and restoration resources. Some chapters of The Prairie Enthusiasts, for example, work with private landowners restoring native prairies on their property. Many land trusts are activley engaged in management and restoration of their own properties and have experience that may inform your own goals for your land.
In addition, the following programs provide participating landowners some cost-sharing assistance for managing conservation land.
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
This USDA administered program provides technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers and ranchers to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. Participants enter multi-year contracts to voluntarily remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production. In exchange, participants receive annual rental payments and a payment of up to 50 percent of the cost of establishing conservation practices.
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a voluntary program that provides financial incentive to farmers to retire environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production. By combining federal resources with those of states, tribes and private programs, CREP enables farmers to improve water quality, control erosion, and protect wildlife habitat.
Managed Forest Law
Administered by the WI DNR, the Managed Forest Law is a landowner incentive program to encourage sustainable forestry on private forests in Wisconsin. Landowners enroll in the program for either 25 or 50 years, and must comply with a management plan prepared for the land. In return, landowners pay reduced property taxes.
Partners for Fish and Wildlife
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners program provides expert technical assistance and cost-share incentives directly to private landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitats.
Wetlands Reserve Program
Administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, this program offers landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property.