“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Lots of Conservation Program Incentives Incentives for Using Natives on Your Farm
The Farm Bill 2002 provides unprecedented incentives for conservation, and most programs give preference to plans that use natives to achieve conservation goals. There are also a number of nongovernment organization (NGO) programs that provide incentives for using native plants in habitat restoration projects. Quail Unlimited is a good example of this.
- Conservation Reserve Program—up to 50% cost share and annual payments for converting cropland to a less intensive use (new enrollment closed).
- Conservation Security Program—up to 75% cost share and annual payments for plans that install and/or maintain conservation practices on working lands.
- Continuous Conservation Reserve Program—Similar to CRP. Up to 90% cost share with annual and incentive payments for eligible cropland and marginal pastureland.
- Environmental Quality Incentive Program—In most cases, farmers will be limited to 50% cost share and incentive payments for plans that enhance environmental quality.
- Forest Lands Enhancement Program—up to 75% cost share for non-industrial private forest management plans.
- Grassland Reserve Program—up to 90% cost share and annual payments for easements or restorations of grassland.
- Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program—up to 75% cost share for wildlife habitat development plans.
- Wetlands Reserve Program—up to 100% cost share and one-time, up front payment for plans the develop and maintain wetlands.
- MDC cost-share is available in all counties in Missouri to help provide additional wildlife benefits on private land.