McLean County Program Offerings

There are many programs available to help you achieve the conservation goals of your property. Below is a summary of a few of the enhancements available to you in McLean County, IL.

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

CRP is a land conservation program administered by FSA. In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. Click here to find out more about CRP in Illinois.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, and improved or created wildlife habitat. Click here for more information about EQIP in Illinois.

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

The Conservation Stewardship Program helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance—the higher the performance, the higher the payment. Click here for more information about CSP in Illinois.

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program helps landowners, land trusts, and other entities protect, restore, and enhance wetlands, grasslands, and working farms and ranches through conservation easements. Click here for more information about ACEP in Illinois.

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. NRCS provides assistance to producers through partnership agreements and RCPP conservation program contracts. Click here for more information about RCPP in Illinois.

Streambank Stabilization Restoration Program (SSRP)

SSRP will provide assistance to Illinois landowners to stabilize or restore severely eroding streambanks that qualify. SSRP is a cost-share program that has many possible control methods. Willow Posts, Bendway Wiers, Stream Barbs, Pool and Riffle and Stone Toe Protection are examples of SSRP methods. Methods and design are determined and designed by our Regional Streambank Specialist.  


Forestry Management and Timber Stand Improvement

Financial assistance for forest landowners implementing approved forestry practices is provided by the state and federal governments.  The State of Illinois provides its assistance through the IDNR Division of Forestry with funds coming from the 4% timber harvest fee.  The federal government provides its assistance through the USDA NRCS offices and staff in two programs – the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program CSP. The Conservation Reserve Program also has specific practices for CRP enrollment. 

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