Progress toward the 2-million-mile goal: 69 percent as of January 1, 2003

Buffer Notes

January 2003

By Bill Berry, Editor

1973 Strongs Avenue

Stevens Point, WI 54481

715-341-9119

billnick@coredcs.com

Progress toward the Conservation Reserve Program Goal of Two Million Miles of Conservation Buffers

Program miles acres

Technical assistance only 190,420 685,536

Cost-share programs 185,315 667,133

Wetlands Reserve Program* 27,419 98,709

General CRP** 333,783 1,201,619

Continuous CRP/CREP 637,726 2,295,814

Total 1,374,670 4,958,911

* Prior to fiscal year 2001, a 20 percent credit was taken for acres under easement in the courthouse. Thereafter, actual buffer installations will be reported through the NRCS Performance Results Measurement System.

** Prior to fiscal year 2001, a 4 percent credit was taken for acres enrolled adjacent to water and producing significant environmental benefits. Thereafter, actual buffer installations will be reported through the NRCS Performance Results Measurement System.

Note: Totals in the technical assistance only, cost-share programs, and Wetlands Reserve Program categories are through September 30, 2001. General CRP totals are through the last sign-up, which was held in 2000.

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