Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program - Oregon


Contact Information


The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a joint state-federal land retirement conservation program targeted to improve the water quality of streams providing habitat for salmon and trout species listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act.

Funding Interests

The program is focused on filter strips, riparian buffers and wetland restoration. Projects often also involve species selection, site preparation, weed and predator control and livestock exclusion.

Geographic Focus


Types of Support

The program supports projects and technical assistance. There are four types of payments under CREP:

  1. Annual Rental Payments
  2. Cost Share Assistance
  3. Maintenance Incentives
  4. Cumulative Impact Incentives

Grant Size

$0 to $0

Requirements & Limitations


  • The program is a partnership among producers, tribal, state, and federal governments, and, in some cases, private groups.
  • Project land must have been cropped four out of the last six years or planted in multiyear grasses, or be pasture.
  • Eligible streams must provide existing or historic habitat for threatened and endangered fish species.
  • Contracts typically last between ten and fifteen years.
  • Application Process

    Information and applications are available at the local Farm Service Agency office. Information is also available from the local Natural Resource Conservation Service office, and the local Oregon Department of Forestry stewardship forester (see Contact Information).


    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    Recent Grants

    Grant 1

    Grantee: Sherman County, OR
    Amount: $
    Purpose: The project area encompasses the whole of Sherman County which is bordered almost entirely by streams providing habitat or migration corridors for endangered fish species including steelhead and Chinook salmon. Common practices employed by Sherman County producers include the development of sediment control structures that act to reduce sheet, rill and classic gully erosion in addition to reducing sediment load into streams. Another common practice utilized in Sherman County is the spring development which provides a viable alternative to using streams for supplying livestock and wildlife with clean water. Other water quality and wildlife enhancement practices include grazing management plans, range seeding, brush control and fencing, all of which provide a cumulative improvement in overall watershed health.

    Grant 2

    Grantee: South Myrtle Creek, Douglas County, OR
    Amount: $

    Historically, populations of cutthroat trout and Coho salmon had journeyed through the waters of South Myrtle Creek, which flows into the South Umpqua River in Douglas County. One of the landowners initiated a project to restore flow and improve water quality in South Myrtle Creek by removing the diversion dam and concrete apron, converting from ditch irrigation to sprinkler irrigation to conserve water, revegetating the denuded riparian area, and excluding livestock until the seedlings were well established. That landowner, along with Water Resources and the Watershed Council, recruited all of the other landowners who used water from the diversion to participate in the restoration.

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