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Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Un programa voluntario que compensa al propietario por la buena administración .

CREP paga a los propietarios de tierras para que establezcan zonas de amortiguamiento de árboles y arbustos nativos a lo largo de los arroyos y ríos que albergan peces. CREP es un programa voluntario para establecer zonas de amortiguamiento boscosas a lo largo de los arroyos donde el hábitat ribereño es un factor limitante significativo para los salmónidos.  Además de proporcionar un hábitat para los peces y la vida silvestre, las zonas de amortiguamiento de la vegetación nativa ayudan a proteger la calidad del agua, estabilizan las orillas de los arroyos, reducen la erosión, crean sombra que reduce la temperatura del agua y proporcionan bordes atractivos para la privacidad y la protección.
 
El programa paga todos los gastos para establecer la zona de amortiguamiento, además de los pagos anuales de alquiler y otros beneficios para el propietario.
 

   
Las tierras inscritas en el CREP se retiran de la producción y el pastoreo bajo contratos de arrendamiento de 10 a 15 años.
  A cambio, los propietarios reciben pagos anuales de alquiler y un bono de firma.  A los propietarios se les reembolsa el 100 % de los costes subvencionables del establecimiento y mantenimiento de las zonas de amortiguamiento.  Además, los propietarios de tierras pueden ser reembolsados por cercas, ganado  abrevaderos y, en el caso de pequeños arroyos, pasos de ganado.

THE BASICS

  • Land enrolled is removed from production under a 10 to 15 year rental contract.

  • Landowners are reimbursed 100% of the costs.

  • Buffer design ranges from 50-180ft.

  • Owner receives annual payments.

  • Technical assistance provided to design, install, and maintain buffer.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Land must be adjacent to a salmon-bearing stream.

  • Land must not be currently functioning as a forested riparian buffer as determined by the SCD technician.

  • Land must be able to support native trees and shrubs.

NEXT STEPS

  • Contact Skagit Conservation District.

  • A Resource Specialist will complete a site assessment of the property.

  • Discuss options and receive estimated rental rate. 

  • Land must be able to support native trees and shrubs.

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Enlaces

  • Busque su tipo de suelo con este interactivo  Encuesta Web de Suelos  mapeador proporcionado por el Servicio de Conservación de Recursos Naturales.

  • Agencia de Servicios Agrícolas del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos -  CREP

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Salmon Recovery Funding

In 2022, the Washington Legislature appropriated $10 million in funding to be used in incentive-based funding to help with salmon recovery projects. The Salmon Recovery Funding (SRF) Program encourages incentive programs with landowners that focus on the restoration of critical areas in salmon habitat, otherwise known as riparian restoration projects. Since July, 11 projects have been awarded funding within Skagit Conservation District, encompassing 15,755 linear feet of stream (3 miles) and 8,620 native trees/shrubs! 

We partnered wih the Skagit Watershed Council and WSCC to learn more about landowner perceptions of riparian plantings and programs that can help fund this work. Some barrier’s landowners reported included arduous cost-share application processes and insufficient compensation to do this work, as well as the planting width requirements in some programs.

 

Other CD's have developed cash incentive programs that help offset lost revenue when farmers plant perennial species along waterways where they previously cropped. Skagit CD decided to develop a cash incentive program, similar to CREP. Our new program is available to a wide variety of stream-side properties. Eligible projects can receive a one-time payment equal to 5 times the CREP soil rental rate, as well as a 20% bonus payment when a planting exceeds 100 feet in width, or a 40% bonus for projects that meet the WDFW site potential tree height chart for your soil type. Of the 11 projects funded through the Salmon Recovery Program, 3 are receiving cash incentives.

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