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Conservation Compliance

Wetlands Compliance













In order to maintain eligibility for most USDA programs, producers must comply with the Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions, agreeing they will not:

  • Produce an agricultural commodity on highly erodible land without an adequate conservation system;
  • Plant an agricultural commodity on a converted wetland;
  • Convert a wetland to make possible the production of an agricultural commodity.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is responsible for providing program participants technical assistance and determinations to assist them in complying with the provisions.

HELC Provision Contact

Name:Meredith Albers

Title: Soil Scientist

Phone:(802) 951-6796, ext. 233


WC Provision Contact

Name: Jim Eikenberry

Title: Wetlands Specialist

Phone: 802 449-7255


HELC/WC Technical Resources

Given the geographical differences of wetlands, soils, and climate in each State; information and technical resources specific to Vermont implementation of the HELC/WC provisions are provided below:


Highly Erodible HEL Soils Lists (Lists the soils that can erode at an excessive rate from either water or wind because of soil properties)

Climatic Data for Normal Circumstances


Wetland Conservation Provision Job Approval Authority (List of Agency experts that possess the requisite training, knowledge, skills, and abilities to issue technical determinations and decisions)

Other Vermont Resources

Take me back to: National NRCS Conservation Provision Webpage