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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:  Gordon Mikell

Title:  State Agronomist

Phone:  (803) 253-3893


WC Provision Contact

Name:  Sylvia Harris

Title:  State Biologist

Phone:  (803) 253-3948



HELC/WC Technical Resources

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

South Carolina Frozen Soils Lists

Abbeville Aiken Allendale Anderson
Bamberg Barnwell Beaufort Berkeley
Calhoun Charleston Cherokee Chester
Chesterfield Colleton Darlington Dorchester
Edgefield Fairfield Florence Georgetown
Greenville Greenwood Hampton Horry
Jasper Kershaw Lancaster Laurens
Lee Lexington Marion Marlboro
McCormick Newberry Oconee Orangeburg
Pickens Richland Saluda Savannah River Plant
Spartanburg Sumter Sumter National Forest Oconee Union
Williamsburg York    


State Offsite Methods (SOSM) for Wetland Determinations