We assist land-users, communities, units of state and local government, and other Federal agencies in planning and implementing conservation systems. These conservation systems are to reduce erosion, improve soil and water quality, improve and conserve wetlands, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, improve air quality, improve pasture and range condition, reduce upstream flooding, and improve woodlands.
The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program keeps productive farmland in privately owned agricultural use by assisting States, Tribes, and local government or non-profit entities in the purchase of conservation easements or development rights on prime, unique, or other productive farmland, or on farms containing significant historical or archaeological resources.
The Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program is intended to take emergency measures to safeguard lives and property after a natural occurrence has caused a sudden impairment of the watershed. The Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Programs assist governments and participants to protect and restore watershed from damage caused by erosion, floodwater, and sediment, to conserve and develop water and land resources, and solve natural resource and related economic problems on a watershed basis. As part of Watershed Rehabilitation, many Wisconsin dams that protect agricultural lands and communities need repairs. The program helps communities and participants repair and rehabilitate these dams.