The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a voluntary program targeted towards private landowners to place land that has a history of being cropped or pastured into permanent vegetative cover. The land also needs to be within 150 feet of a ditch, stream, lake or wetland and located in an area eligible for the program. (See map below) In return for taking the land out of production the landowner is compensated with a per acre soil rental rate.
Landowners interested in the CREP will need to contact the Eau Claire County Farm Service Agency (FSA) at 715-832-6547 to begin the enrollment process. Landowners interested in the program are welcome to contact the Land Conservation Division (LCD) at 715-839-6226 for more information about the program.
Map depicting areas eligible for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program: Town of Bridge Creek (T26N R6W & T25N R6W), Town of Brunswick, Town of Clear Creek, Town of Drammen, Town of Lincoln, Town of Ludington, Town of Otter Creek, Town of Pleasant Valley, Town of Seymour, Town of Union, Town of Washington, Town of Wilson, Village of Fall Creek, City of Altoona, City of Augusta, City of Eau Claire
The CREP is a cooperative effort between the United State Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wisconsin Counties and private landowners.