Riparian Forest Buffer Progress in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Find out 2017’s new acres of forest buffers in your county to date and learn about forest buffer initiative success stories from across the watershed.

How is my county doing?

This map shows acres of recently enrolled (year-to-date) riparian forest buffer contracts per county in the Chesapeake Bay watershed under the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) CP22 practice. Click on the county to see prior year enrollment and total acres enrolled to date.

What is CREP and CP22?

CREP is a cost-share program authorized by the Farm Bill to pay landowners both cost-share to plant vegetative buffers and an annual rental rate for keeping it on their farm land. CP22 is the riparian forest buffer practice.

Why only CP22 acres?

CREP funds most of the riparian forest buffers planted in the watershed. The Farm Service Agency keeps up-to-date CP22 sign-up records. These records are a useful and current metric for measuring a county’s progress in achieving its riparian forest buffer goals. However, CREP is not the exclusively responsible for all riparian forest buffers in the watershed. In particular, it misses the significant acreage of forest buffers planted on non-agricultural lands. If you or your organization would like your non-CREP buffer acreages reported here, please contact us.