Acres of Conservation Reserve (CRP) Land, 1997
Source: National Resources Inventory
Map Description:
This dot density map shows the total number of 1997 CRP acres aggregated by hydrologic unit. One dot = 15,000 acres. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a federal program established under the Food Security Act of 1985 to assist private landowners to convert highly erodible cropland to vegetative cover for 10 years. The Conservation Reserve Program is the Federal Government's single largest environmental improvement program. CRP's success is accomplished through voluntary partnerships between individuals and Government. Instead of compelling participation, the program provides incentives and assistance to farmers and ranchers for establishing valuable conservation practices that have a beneficial impact on resources both on and off the farm. It encourages farmers to voluntarily plant permanent covers of grass and trees on land that is subject to erosion, where vegetation can improve water quality or provide food and habitat for wildlife.

Cautions for this Product:
This map may not be used for site-specific information. The data have been aggregated such that dots are placed by hydrologic units within each state. Data are not collected on Federal land. NRI sample data are generally reliable at the 95% confidence interval for state and certain broad substate area analyses. Generally, analyses that aggregate data points by smaller geographic areas and/or more specific criteria result in fewer data points for each aggregation and therefore less reliable estimates. NRI maps reflect national patterns rather than site- specific information.

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