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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 Provision Contact 

WC Provision Contact

Nancy Ferlow
State Resource Conservationist
(860) 871-4049

Debbie Surabian
State Soil Scientist
(860) 871-4042


HELC/WC Technical Resources

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


Other  Connecticut Resources

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

Connecticut HELC/WC Fact Sheets

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