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Conservation Easements & Property

The Portage SWCD Easement and Land Ownership Program was started with the intent of protecting the riparian areas of Portage County. It has expanded to be used to protect other land types including farmland, wetland, woodland and biologically unique areas.
Conservation easements protect sensitive land areas from irreversible change. River bank, stream bank and wetland protection preserves water quality and provides wildlife habitat.

For information on the Portage SWCD Conservation Easement and Land Ownership Program, please contact James Bierlair, x112.

If you have more than 10 acres of wetland to be placed under easement, you may be eligible for the USDA-NRCS Wetland Reserve Program (WRP).
For information on WRP, please contact Ed Moon, x121.