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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: James Komar

Title: State Soil Scientist - HELC/WC Point of Contact

Phone: 775-834-0891

Email: james.komar@usda.gov

 

Highly Erodible Lists for Nevada Soil Survey Areas

Highly Erodible Land (HEL) Soil Map Unit Lists are prepared according to the guidance in the National Food Security Act Manual, Third Edition, Amend. 2, Part 511, November 1996. Typically, in Nevada, only potential erodibility for wind-based erosion is evaluated under the Food Security Act.

See this link to access more information about Nevada HEL designations and their criteria and follow the steps below:

https://efotg.sc.egov.usda.gov/#/details

STEPS:

  • Choose your state from the drop down list and click "Submit"
  • Under Document Tree, choose "SECTION II"
  • Under Section II, choose "SOILS INFORMATION," then choose "HIGHLY ERODIBLE LANDS"
  • Under Highly Erodible Lands, choose "CRITERIA, HEL C, and R FACTOR MAPS" 

For HEL Lists by Soil Survey Area, access the Nevada electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG) here and follow the steps below:

https://efotg.sc.egov.usda.gov/#/details

STEPS:

  • Choose your state from the drop down list and click "Submit"
  • Under Document Tree, choose "SECTION II"
  • Under Section II, choose "SOILS INFORMATION," then choose "HIGHLY ERODIBLE LANDS"
  • Under Highly Erodible Lands, choose "HEL LISTS BY SOIL SURVEY AREA" then choose your area of interest 

Wetlands Information for Nevada

Hydric soils are critical criterion used to help identify Food Security Act wetlands occurring on Nevada’s agricultural lands.  Learn more about what hydric soils are and how they are identified HERE.

Access a state list of hydric soils by state and soil survey area HERE.

Visit this MAP to see the distribution of soil surveys across the State of Nevada.

 

Wetland Conservation Provision Job Approval Authority

Nevada NRCS personnel with State Wetland Job Approval Authority (JAA) are identified at the following link HERE.

 

HELC/WC Fact Sheets

Certified Wetland Determination Fact Sheet (PDF; 288KB)

 

Click for link to national site for more information.

Click here for new Farm Service Agency (FSA) fact sheet on conservation compliance.