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The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a voluntary conservation program which rewards producers and landowners for installing conservation practices on their land, and offers up to 100% cost share reimbursement for installation, annual rental payments, and cash incentives.

For more detailed information visit the PA Game Commission website.

Any producer or landowner can enroll in CREP, which is available for eligible marginal cropland, pastureland, and land along non-forested streams.

Continuous enrollment in CREP is available for a limited time,so don't wait until the last minute to take advantage of this opportunity to cash in on conservation!


  • Protects Pennsylvania's streams, lakes and wetlands.
  • Provides wildlife habitat for biodiversity.
  • Covers the cost of streambank fencing, stream crossings, and stock tanks.
  • Pays for planting native trees, shrubs and grasses.
  • Reduces wear and tear on farm equipment, (through enrollment of wet or steep "problem acres.")
  • Protects animals from diseases that can be transmitted by waterborne bacteria, such as mastitis, Johne's disease, BVD and foot rot.
  • Saves you time and earns you money.


  • Soil Rental Rate (SRR) - Calculated cash payment dependent upon soil type.
  • Erodibility Index (EI) - Calculation based on soil type and slope.
  • Highly Erodible Land (HEL) -  Land susceptible to erosion (usually found on steep slopes, but depends on soil type and vegetative cover).
  • Marginal Pastureland - Land near a stream or water body not currently covered with trees or woody growth.
  • Riparian Zone - Land adjacent to stream channels and other waterways.
  • Riparian Buffer - Strips of trees, shrubs and/or grasses along the edges of waterways that stabilize banks and filter runoff.
  • Wetland -  An area that frequently is inundated by surface and/or groundwater, providing a unique habitat for wildlife, improving water quality and protecting against floods.  A wetland is different than a pond.
  • Shallow Water Area - A source of water with an average depth of 6 - 18 inches which provides wildlife habitat.
  • Native Grasses - Warm and cool season grasses naturally occur in western PA.  Warm season grasses include indiangrass, big bluestem, and switchgrass.  Cool season grasses include orchardgrass, timothy and perennial ryegrasss.


Page updated on: July 21, 2009