Olympic Peninsula Conservation Programs

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

Program level:


Land use:



USDA Farm Service Agency

Benefits provided: 


Water-focused program: 


Restores streamside habitat for salmon and protects that habitat for 10-15 years.



CREP plants native trees and shrubs to improve stream 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. The landowners are paid rent for allowing their land to be used for fish and wildlife improvements and receive a monetary bonus for signing up.


10-15 year contract for streamside habitat.

You must have owned and/or operated your land for at least 12 months
before enrollment.

Property must border eligible stream segments. A map of eligible segments is available from the Washington State Conservation Commission CREP web page (www.scc.wa.gov/crep).

Financial benefit: 

Annual payments for 10-15 years

Contact information

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Information last updated on December 1, 2020.

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