Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

​CREP Pays Landowners Attractive Land Rental Rates to Protect Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Since 1997, Maryland’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) has helped thousands of Maryland landowners plant streamside buffers, establish wetlands, protect highly erodible land, and create wildlife habitat while providing them with steady, dependable land rental income. CREP is a state-federal partnership that makes it easy for farmers to do their part to protect local waterways without hurting their bottom line. This completely voluntary program offers a one-time signing bonus, attractive annual rental and incentive payments, cost-share assistance for streamside buffers, wetlands, livestock fencing and more. Plus, CREP buffers meet all Maryland setback requirements and can help finance required stream protection practices for livestock operations.