• Conservation Reserve Enhancement program

    Conservation Reserve Enhancement program (CREP) is an enhanced version of the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The CREP Program is a Federal, State and Local partnership designed to retire frequently flooded and environmentally sensitive cropland to achieve restoration and long-term protection. In Illinois, landowners implement conservation practices in the eligible CREP watersheds to reduce sedimentation and nutrients, improve water quality, and to create and enhance critical habitat for fish and wildlife populations.

    Agricultural Conservation

    In partnership with local, state and federal agencies, NGRREC has Land Conservation Specialists placed strategically throughout southern Illinois to provide technical expertise to optimize farming practices through the use of conservation programs such as CRP, WRE and CREP. These voluntary programs allow landowners to realize conservation benefits such as wildlife habitat, soil health, reduced erosion and improved water quality on their land, which is important for greater ecosystem health.

    CREP Documents

  • National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

    One Confluence Way
    East Alton, IL 62024

    Phone: (618) 468-2900
    Fax: (618) 468-2899

    Justin Shew, Conservation Program Manager
    NGRREC/L&C

    One Confluence Way
    East Alton, IL 62024

    jshew@lc.edu
    Phone: (618)-468-2843