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CP38: State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE)
Restoring Grassland and Wetland Habitat
in the Grand Prairie and Southern Till Plain Natural Divisions.

"There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot."
Aldo Leopold

 

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State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) is a continuous CRP practice, anyone who meets eligibility requirements can sign up, but there are only 20,600 acres available and it's first come, first serve. Sign up will end when all acres are enrolled. Contact your County FSA Office to enroll.

Benefits:

Through the restoration of grassland and wetland habitats landowners can significantly increase the abundance of grassland wildlife (pheasant, prairie-chickens, quail, songbirds, and more), increase carbon sequestration, improve soil quality, reduce soil erosion and improve water quality.

Focus Areas and Eligibility:

There are 22 township-sized focus areas in the Grand Prairie Natural Project Area and 9 township size focus areas in the Southern Till Plain Project Area where the new CP38 practice will be eligible. The Grand Prairie Focus Areas were selected using important parameters such as highly erodible lands, prior converted wetlands and existing grasslands.The Southern Till Plain Focus Areas were selected based on recent use by prairie-chickens and other focal species, closeness to existing conservation areas, and the potential to provide open, upland habitat. The addition of grasslands and wetlands to these focus areas will build on existing habitat and have tremendous benefits for wildlife in the area. Land within the focus areas must have been cropped (row crops, small grains or forage crops) 4 out of the 6 years from 1996 to 2001 to be eligible.

Payments and Incentives:

Sign up Incentive Payment of up to $100 per acre.

Practice Incentive Payment of up to 40% of the eligible establishment cost in addition to the normal 50% cost share.

Annual Rental Payments for 10 to 15 years (producers option).

Maintenance Incentive Payments of up to $2 per acre to perform maintenance obligations.

Cost-share assistance of up to 50% for management activities to maintain wildlife values of grasslands.

Approved Practices:

The Grand Prairie Project Area

CP38B Wetlands:

  • CP9 (Shallow Water Wetlands)
  • CP23A (Wetland Restoration, Non-floodplain)

CP38E Grasslands:

  • CP1 (Cool season grasses and legumes)
  • CP2 (Warm season grasses)
  • CP4D (Permanent Wildlife Habitat)
  • CP10 (Established grassland)
  • CP25 (Declining habitats)
  • CP33 (Upland Bird field borders)

The Southern Till Plain Project Area

CP38B Wetlands:

  • CP9 (Shallow Water Wetlands)
  • CP23A (Wetland Restoration, Non-floodplain)

CP38E Grasslands:

  • CP1 (Cool season grasses and legumes)
  • CP2 (Warm season grasses)
  • CP4D (Permanent Wildlife Habitat)
  • CP10 (Established grassland)
  • CP25 (Declining habitats)

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SAFE Areas

 

Useful Links:

Find your County FSA Office

http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=IL&agency=fsa

Go to the FSA/USDA website

http://www.fsa.usda.gov/il/

See the SAFE Area brochures

The Grand Prairie Project Area

The Southern Till Plain Project Area

 

Partners:
Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Ducks Unlimited, Illinois Audubon Society, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Farm Service Agency, Illinois Natural Resource Conservation Service, Kaskaskia Watershed Association,
National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Quail Unlimited,
The Nature Conservancy, University of Illinois, US Fish & Wildlife Service

 

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