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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

Name: Steve Strano

Title: State Resource Conservationist

Phone: 4434-482-2928


WC Provision Contact

Name: Ann Rossi

Title: Resource Soil Scientist

Phone: 410-822-1577



HELC/WC Technical Resources

Given the geographical differences of wetlands, soils, and climate in each State; information and technical resources specific to Maryland 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)