Virginia Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Updated:01/2015

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) aims to improve Virginia's water quality and wildlife habitat by offering rental payments to farmers who voluntarily restore riparian buffers, filter strips and wetlands through the installation of approved conservation practices.

State cost-share payments are administered through local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) offices. The state will reimburse up to 25 percent, not to exceed $200 per acre of restored buffer or wetland, of conservation practice costs deemed eligible by the local SWCD.

There is also a 25 percent state income tax credit for out-of-pocket expenses, thus further reducing the landowner's cost. Federal reimbursement is made through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) for up to 50 percent of a participant's eligible expenses for implementing best management practices (BMP), such as fencing or alternative watering systems.

Contact Virginia Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program


Contact Virginia Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Gary Moore
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
600 E. Main St.
24th Floor
Richmond, VA  23219
Phone: (804) 692-0070

Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Virginia