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Technical and Financial Resources Available for Voluntary Wetlands Protection

Financial and Technical Resources

  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
    • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps participants building upon existing conservation efforts to strengthen operations. NRCS will evaluate current management systems and natural resources to develop CSP enhancement alternatives for potential implementation. Participants select enhancements that best meet operational needs and are provided annual incentive payments (minimum of $1,500) for implementing practices and engaging in regular reporting and tracking over a 5-year period. CSP also provides supplemental payments for adopting a resource-conserving crop rotation.
    • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. Financial assistance payments through EQIP are made to eligible producers for completed implementation of approved conservation practices on eligible land or to help producers develop Conservation Activity Plans (CAP) to address specific land use issues. EQIP provides payment rates associated with each practice.
    • Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program works through local government sponsors to help participants voluntarily plan and install watershed-based projects on private lands. Projects include watershed protection, flood prevention, erosion and sediment control, water supply, water quality, fish and wildlife habitat enhancement, wetlands creation and restoration, and public recreation in watersheds of 250,000 or fewer acres.

Technical Resources

  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
    • Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) Program can assist land users with aquatic resource assessment, practice design, aquatic resource monitoring, or follow-up of installed practices. Program does not include financial or cost-share assistance related to use of aquatic natural resources and aquatic natural resource management decisions. CTA Program functions through a national network of locally-based professional conservationists.
    • Conservation of Private Grazing Land (CPGL) initiative ensures that technical, educational, and related assistance is provided to those who own private grazing lands. Focus areas include: better grazing land management; protecting soil from erosive wind and water; using more energy-efficient ways to produce food and fiber; conserving water; providing habitat for wildlife; sustaining forage and grazing plants; using plants to sequester greenhouse gases and increase soil organic matter; and using grazing lands as a source of biomass energy and raw materials for industrial products. Technical assistance program; no financial assistance available.
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency 
    • Farm Wildlife Habitat Program provides free technical assistance to landowners and managers desiring to improve their farmland, woodland, or recreational properties while improving the value to wildlife.
    • Tennessee Partners Project is a private lands program designed to establish or improve waterfowl and wetland habitat through a partnership between NRCS, TWRA, Ducks Unlimited, USFWS, TDA, and UTAES. Under the program, landowners are provided water control structures and technical assistance for the design and installation of waterfowl impoundments.
  • Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation – Division of Water Resources
  • Universities
    • Biology departments (technical)
    • Environmental studies departments (technical)

Financial Resources