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Conservation Compliance

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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: Tyler Raeder
Title: State Compliance Coordinator
Phone: 608-662-4422 ex. 278
Email: tyler.raeder@usda.gov

HELC/WC Technical Resources

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

Wisconsin

  • Highly Erodible HEL Soils Lists (XLXS) (Lists the soils that can erode at an excessive rate from either water or wind because of soil properties)
    • Counties/Soil Survey Areas of the State that are in the Excel list above include:

      Adams
      Ashland
      Barron
      Bayfield
      Brown
      Buffalo
      Burnett
      Chippewa
      Clark
      Columbia
      Crawford
      Dane
      Dodge
      Door
      Douglas
      Dunn
      Eau Claire

      Florence
      Fond du Lac
      Forest
      Grant
      Green
      Green Lake
      Iowa
      Iron
      Jackson
      Jefferson
      Juneau
      Kewaunee
      La Crosse
      Lafayette
      Langlade
      Lincoln
      Marathon

      Marinette
      Marquette
      Monroe
      Oconto
      Oneida
      Outagamie
      Ozaukee
      Pepin
      Pierce
      Polk
      Portage
      Price
      Richland
      Rock
      Rusk
      St. Croix
      Sauk

      Sawyer
      Shawano
      Sheboygan
      Taylor
      Trempealeau
      Vernon
      Vilas
      Walworth
      Washburn
      Washington
      Waupaca
      Waushara
      Winnebago
      Wood


       

 

 

 

 

 

Wisconsin HELC/WC Fact Sheets and Resources

Wisconsin HELC/WC Success Stories

Find out more by visiting the national NRCS Conservation Compliance Website.