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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.

HELC/WC Provision Contact

Name: Jared Beard

Title: State Soil Scientist

Phone: 304.284.7597



HELC/WC Technical Resources

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

West Virginia

  • Highly Erodible HEL Soils Lists by County
Barbour Berkeley Boone Braxton
Brooke Cabell Calhoun Clay
Doddridge Fayette Gilmer Grant
Greenbrier Hampshire Hancock Hardy
Harrison Jackson Jefferson Kanawha
Lewis Lincoln Logan McDowell
Marion Marshall Mason Mercer
Mineral Mingo Monongalia Monroe
Morgan Nicholas Ohio Pendleton
Pleasants Pocahontas Preston Putnam
Raleigh Randolph Ritchie Roane
Summers Taylor Tucker Tyler
Upshur Wayne Webster Wetzel
Wirt Wood Wyoming  


West Virginia HELC/WC Fact Sheets

West Virginia Wetlands and Conservation Compliance Fact Sheet

West Virginia  HELC/WC Success Stories

NRCS Success Story link


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