CREP is a joint federal and state funded program that restores riparian (streamside) habitat for salmon and protects that habitat for 10-15 years. Most of the funding (90%) comes from the USDA Farm Services Agency with the remainder through the State Conservation Commission.
CREP plants native trees and shrubs to improve riparian conditions and enhance wetlands along salmon streams. All of the costs for these improvements are paid by the program. In addition, the program provides oversight and maintenance for about five years after planting to assure success.
Landowners are paid rent for allowing their land to be used for fish and wildlife improvements and receive a monetary bonus for signing up.
Contact Jerry Clarke, CREP/Conservation Planner to learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.385.4105.