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Conservation Reserve Program Celebrates 30 Years


Cara J

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The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), one of the most successful private land conservation programs in American history, celebrated its 30th anniversary this month with a day-long showcase of achievements. CRP is a federal Farm Bill program that began in 1985 with the goal of reducing erosion on marginal agricultural lands. This program operates by paying farmers, ranchers, and other landowners to remove certain marginal lands from production in order to plant vegetation and construct wetlands for periods of 10-15 years; supporting wildlife populations, improving water quality, and protecting soil. The December 2nd event, coordinated by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and other conservation groups, included CRP enrolled landowners from around the country meeting with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s office and members of Congress to discuss the benefits and results of the program. These results include the prevention of more than nine billion tons of soil from erosion as well as the restoration of 2.7 million acres of wetland habitat. Coinciding with this anniversary, the first CRP general enrollment period since 2013 began on December 1 and will run until February 26, 2016. As of September 2015, 24.2 million acres were enrolled in CRP. These enrollments [...]

 

Read more: http://wildlife.org/conservation-reserve-program-celebrates-30-years/

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