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Oregon Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
The Oregon Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) could be the solution to assist you. The CREP provides a cost-effective way for landowners to restore and enhance riparian vegetation along streams and around permanent water bodies.
- An annual rental rate is offered, plus cost-share payments of up to 75 percent of the eligible costs to install conservation practices.
- Administered through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the CREP addresses conservation issues such as impacts to water resources, soil erosion, critical habitat, and reduced habitat for fish populations such as salmon.
- The CREP is a community-based effort that emphasizes results-oriented projects, while presenting an opportunity to foster a partnership between producers, the state and federal governments, and the local soil and water conservation districts.
- During the 10 – 15 year contract period the CREP provides payments to producers who offer to voluntarily remove riparian areas from production through the creation of a buffer (minimum 35’) along the stream.
- Common practices include riparian fencing, riparian planting, weed control, and off-site watering facility establishment. The program offers an additional one time sign-up incentive payment and a practice-completion payment.
If you would like additional information about the program, or would like to schedule a site visit please contact the CREP Planner for Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes Counties:
John Speece, CREP Planner, 541-923-4358 ext. 139