Macon County Soil &
Water Conservation District
3342 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. Decatur, Illinois 62521
217-877-5670 (Ext. 3)
Soil Conservation Technician Jody.Kabat@il.usda.gov
TO CONTACT FIELD OFFICE STAFF CALL
217-877-5670 EXT 3
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, enhance, and protect wetlands on their property. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts. The NRCS goal is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program. This program offers landowners an opportunity to establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices and protection.
NRCS began its fight against erosion as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) back in 1935 as the Nation first turned its attention to natural resource issues as a result of the Dust Bowl Days. Today, NRCS continues to work to protect and enhance our precious natural resources by working one-on-one with private landowners and community leaders to put conservation on the land. With small teams of technical specialists in nearly every Illinois county, assistance from a conservation professional is just a phone call away!
NRCS puts nearly 70 years of experience to work in assisting owners of America's private land with conserving their soil, water, and other natural resources. Local, state and federal agencies and policymakers also rely on our expertise. We deliver technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer's specific needs. Cost shares and financial incentives are available in some cases. Most work is done with local partners. Our partnership with local conservation districts serves almost every county in the nation, and the Caribbean and Pacific Basin. Participation in our programs is voluntary.
NRCS Office Staff
Regional Conservation Reserve Program (RCPP)
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. NRCS provides assistance to producers through partnership agreements and through program contracts or easement agreements.
RCPP combines the authorities of four former conservation programs – the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program, the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative and the Great Lakes Basin Program. Assistance is delivered in accordance with the rules of EQIP, CSP, ACEP and HFRP; and in certain areas the Watershed Operations and Flood Prevention Program.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
The Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial assistance to individuals/entities to address soil, water, air, plant, animal and other related natural resource concerns on their land.
Through EQIP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides assistance to agricultural producers in a manner that will address resource concerns, increase environmental benefits, and help participants to meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by:
Undertaking additional conservation activities; and
Improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities.
Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)
NRCS delivers conservation technical assistance through its voluntary Conservation Technical Assistance Program (CTA). CTA is available to any group or individual interested in conserving our natural resources and sustaining agricultural production. This assistance can help land users:
Maintain and improve private lands and their management
Implement better land management technologies
Protect and improve water quality and quantity
Maintain and improve wildlife and fish habitat
Maintain and improve the aesthetic character of private land
Explore opportunities to diversify agricultural operations
Develop and apply sustainable agricultural systems