Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
CREP is a voluntary program aimed to retire environmentally sensitive land. It is a combination of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and a perpetual easement through the Reinvest in Minnesota program (RIM). Someone enrolled in this program receives 14-15 years of annual CRP payments, plus a RIM easement payment.
CREP applications are part of a ranking process across the state. If your proposed property meets the cut off scores, your property could be selected into the CREP program. Once accepted, the land is still owned by you and is NOT public land. CREP easements are not open to public hunting or public recreation.
Enrollment of Wetland Restorations are one of the more popular options for CREP enrollment, however buffer strips and wellhead protection are also available practices. Wetland restorations provide numerous benefits such as: wildlife habitat, reducing flood damage, improving water quality, and enhancement of aesthetic quality.
Freeborn County has had 1200 acres accepted so far with many more landowners interested in enrolling their acres.
If you are interested in the program, please stop in or call our office