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Conservation Compliance

Conservation Compliance

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.

HEL/WC Contact:  NRCS Field Service Centers

HELC/WC Technical Resources

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


  • Highly Erodible HEL Soils Lists 
    • List of Counties coming..

State Conservationist Roster of Agency Experts per NFSAM 514.1 B - 6/9/2020 (PDF; 79KB)


Conservation Compliance Fact Sheet (PDF; 297KB) 

For more information: