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Conservation Compliance

Conservation 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/WC Provision Contact

Name: Katherine Brewer
Title: State Compliance Coordinator
Phone: (615) 277- 2569




HELC/WC Technical Resources

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

Tennessee Highly Erodible HEL Soils Lists

Anderson Hamilton Morgan
Bedford Hancock Obion
Benton Hardeman Overton
Bledsoe Hardin Perry
Blount Hawkins Pickett
Bradley Haywood Polk
Campbell Henderson Putnam
Cannon Henry Rhea
Carroll Hickman Roane
Carter Houston Robertson
Cheatham Humphreys Rutherford
Chester Jackson Scott
Claiborne Jefferson Sequatchie
Clay Johnson Sevier
Cocke Knox Shelby
Coffee Lake Smith
Crockett Lauderdale Stewart
Cumberland Lawrence Sullivan
Davidson Lewis Sumner
Decatur Lincoln Tipton
DeKalb Loudon Trousdale
Dickson Macon Unicoi
Dyer Madison Union
Fayette Marion VanBuren
Fentress Marshall Warren
Franklin Maury Washington
Gibson McMinn Wayne
Giles McNairy Weakley
Grainger Meigs White
Greene Monroe Williamson
Grundy Montgomery Wilson
Hamblen Moore    

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 Tennessee Resources

Hydrogeomorphic Functional Assessments (HGM) (Models that provide a functional assessment of a wetland)

    - Coastal Plain HGM

    - Mississippi Alluvial Valley HGM

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