Illinois land conservation program reopens, enrollment begins June 15

Illinois Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, closed since 2015, now available to landowners in 68 counties, two watersheds

Farmers, ranchers and agricultural landowners with property prone to flooding and nutrient runoff will have the opportunity to enroll in Illinois’ reopened land conservation program, now available in 68 counties.

The Illinois Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) – administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA) – is one of the oldest and most popular in the nation and an important tool in addressing climate change and natural resources conservation challenges.

“Programs like CREP provide critical support to private landowners who want to implement sound conservation practices on their property,” said IDNR Director Colleen Callahan. “These efforts help reduce runoff, protect our precious soil and improve wildlife habitat.”

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