Landowner Assistance Programs
John Ann Shearer, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Coordinator, presents Mrs. Pollard with a Partners for Fish and Wildlife sign for her family's property in Chatham County. The family's Partner's project helps protect the Rocky River by providing fencing and an alternate water source for their cattle. Credit: David Rabon/USFWS.
In addition to the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, several other programs are available in North Carolina to assist landowners with habitat restoration.
Agriculture Cost Share Program - Administered by North Carolina Division of Soil & Water Conservation. Designed to reduce sources of agricultural non-point pollution in the state s waters by helping farmers implement Best Management Practices. Cost share up to 75%. For more information visit:http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) - A joint effort of the North Carolina Division of Soil and Water Conservation, the North Carolina Water Management Trust Fund, the Ecosystem Enhancement Program, and the Farm Service Agency to address water quality problems of the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, and Chowan river basins as well as the Jordan Lake watershed. For more information visit: http://www.ncaswcd.org/?page_id=90
Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP) - Administered by the North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, EEP restores and protects streams, wetlands, and riparian areas to compensate for unavoidable environmental impacts. For more information visit: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/eep
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - Administered by Natural Resources Conservation Service. Help farmers and ranchers who face serious threats to soil, water, and related natural resources. For incentive payments and cost share, 5-10-year contracts required. Only applies to focus areas. For more information visit: http://www.nc.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/EQIP/index.html
Forest Development Program (FDP) - Administered by North Carolina Forest Service. Helps landowners reforest their land by cost sharing for site preparation, trees, and planting. Requires a forest management plan. FIP and FDP may not be applied to the same land in the same year. For more information visit: http://ncforestservice.gov/Managing_your_forest/fdp.htm
Forest Legacy Program - Administered by U.S. Forest Service and the North Carolina Forest Service. Keeps working forests working by holding conservation easements. Only applies to certain focus areas. See web site at: http://ncforestservice.gov/fsandfl/what_is_forest_legacy.htm
Forest Stewardship Program - Administered by U.S. Forest Service and North Carolina Forest Service. Assistance from Farm Service Agency, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Cooperative Extension Service. Protect and enhance forestlands and associated wetlands. The Stewardship Program provides technical assistance to help landowners enhance and protect timber, fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, wetlands, and recreational and aesthetic values of their property. Web site: http://ncforestservice.gov/fsandfl/are_you_stewardship_material.htm
NC Partners - Administered cooperatively by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Ducks Unlimited. Designed to help landowners with managed impoundments for migratory birds. Cost share for impoundments development. Ten-year agreement. www.fws.gov/columbiawildlife/ncpartners.html
Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) - Administered by Natural Resources Conservation Service. Designed to restore former wetlands. For a 30-year easement, pays 75% of restoration cost and annual payments. For a permanent easement, pays 100% of the restoration cost and lump sum payment or annual payments. See details at: http://www.nc.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/WRP/index.html
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) - Administered by Natural Resources Conservation Service. Designed to reverse decline of farmland-associated wildlife species by helping landowners with wildlife habitat improvements. Cost share and habitat planning assistance available. See web site for details: http://www.nc.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/WHIP/index.html