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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: Kaitlin Farbotnik

Title: Conservation Agronomist

Phone: 732-537-6053



WC Provision Contact

Name: Elizabeth McShane

Title: State Biologist

Phone: 856-823-3136


State HELC and WC technical resources

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

New Jersey HEL and PHEL soils:

Atlantic County- HEL, PHEL                                                      

Bergen County- HEL, PHEL

Burlington County- HEL, PHEL  

Camden Count- HEL, PHEL

Cape May County- HEL, PHEL

Cumberland County-  HEL, PHEL

Essex County- HEL, PHEL

Gloucester County -  HEL, PHEL

Hudson County- HEL, PHEL

Hunterdon County- HEL, PHEL

Mercer County- HEL, PHEL

Middlesex County- HEL, PHEL

Monmouth County- HEL, PHEL

Morris County- HEL, PHEL

Ocean County- HEL, PHEL

Passaic County- HEL, PHEL

Salem County- HEL, PHEL

Somerset County- HEL, PHEL

Sussex County- HEL, PHEL

Union County- HEL, PHEL

Warren County- HEL, PHEL


New Jersey HELC/WC Fact Sheets:


New Jersey Highly Erodible Land fact sheet

New Jersey Gully Erosion fact sheet


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