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The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a state-federal conservation partnership to address specific state and nationally significant water quality, soil erosion and wildlife habitat issues related to agricultural use. USDA has committed nearly $1.2 billion to the CREP program. CREP uses financial incentives to encourage farmers and ranchers to voluntarily enroll in contracts of 10 to 15 years in duration to remove environmentally sensitive lands from agricultural production. As these agricultural lands are planted in trees, grass and other protective vegetation, soil erosion is reduced, air and water quality improves, and acres of wildlife habitat are established. Currently, six states, including Washington State, participate in this innovative and community-based program with its flexible design of conservation practices and financial incentives to address environmental issues.

CREP Fact Sheet
 
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CREP Partnerships
The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a state-federal conservation partnership to address specific state and nationally significant water quality, soil erosion and wildlife habitat issues related to agricultural use. USDA has committed nearly $1.2 billion to the CREP program. CREP uses financial incentives to encourage farmers and ranchers to voluntarily enroll in contracts of 10 to 15 years in duration to remove environmentally sensitive lands from agricultural production. As these agricultural lands are planted in trees, grass and other protective vegetation, soil erosion is reduced, air and water quality improves, and acres of wildlife habitat are established. Currently, six states, including Washington State, participate in this innovative and community-based program with its flexible design of conservation practices and financial incentives to address environmental issues.

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