Land that is managed as forest land is an integral part of other agricultural production systems such as cropland and livestock production. Recognizing its importance, the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to help managers and owners of private, non-industrial forestland* solve resource concerns associated with the following priorities:
Reduction of non-point source pollution, such as nutrients and sediment.
Conservation of ground and surface water resources;
Reduction of emissions, such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides (NOX), volatile organic compounds, and ozone precursors and depleters
Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation from unacceptable high levels.
Promotion of at-risk species habitat conservation.
* Rural land that has existing tree cover or is suitable for growing trees; and is owned by any nonindustrial private individual or private legal entity that has definitive decision-making authority over the land.
(Conservation practices installed only for production purposes are not eligible for payment under EQIP.)