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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/WC  Provision Contact

Name: Bobby Evans

Title: State Resource Conservationist

Phone: 509-323-2961


HELC/WC Technical Resources

Given the geographical differences of wetlands, soils, and climate in each State; information and technical resources specific to Washington 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)
Adams - Water Franklin - Water Lewis Spokane
Adams - Wind Franklin - Wind Lincoln -Water    Stevens
Asotin Garfield Lincoln - Wind Thurston
Benton - Water Grant - Water Mason Walla Walla - Water          
Benton - Wind Grant - Wind   Walla Walla - Wind
Chelan Grays Harbor North Ferry Whatcom
  Island Okanogan Whitman
Clallam Jefferson Pend Oreille Yakima Nation Irrigated
Clark King Pierce Yakima -Water
Columbia Kitsap San Juan Yakima - Wind

Colville Indian Res - Water

Kittitas - Water        Skagit  
Colville Indian Res - Wind Kittitas - Wind Skamania  
Cowlitz Klickitat - Water          Snohomish  
Douglas Klickitat - Wind Snoqualmie  


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)

Washington HELC/WC Fact Sheets

Conservation Compliance Fact Sheet
Highly Erodible Land Conservation & Wetland Conservation Compliance for Crop Insurance Participants
USDA Conservation Compliance Process Flowchart

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