Tree Planting Assistance:
Side-by-Side Comparison of Programs
AgBMP Loan Program

Tree/Shrub Planting Loan: In counties where Tree or Shrub Planting qualifies for AgBMP Loans and funds are available, the loan has a 3% interest rate and helps finance the purchase of supplies and services needed to establish Tree or Shrub Plantings. The loan may be combined with incentive or cost share payments from other programs.

AgBMP loan applications are typically accepted year-round. To inquire, contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District.

 



CRP General Signup

Tree/Shrub Planting Payment: The payment consists of several parts: A land rental payment is received annually for the 10-15 year life of the contract. In 2008, CRP rental rate payments for this practice in Minnesota ranges from $37.90 to $155.88 per acre. A one-time cost-share payment covers 50% of the cost of eligible products and services necessary to establish and maintain the practice, such as seedling purchase and site preparation. A mid-contract maintenance payment defrays the cost of required management activities. 

See CRP General Signup – Tree/Shrub Planting Payment Details for more information, including land rental rates by county (Appendix A) and a list of products/services eligible for cost-share for this practice (Appendix B).

To inquire, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency office.



CRP Continuous Signup (CCRP)

Tree/Shrub Planting Payment: The payment consists of several parts: A land rental payment plus an additional 10% rental rate incentive paymentis received annually for the 10-15 year life of the contract. (In 2008, the rental rates for this practice in Minnesota ranged from %41.69 to $171.47 per acre). A one-time cost-share payment covers 50% of the cost of eligible products and services necessary to establish and maintain the practice, such as seedling purchase and site preparation. Tree/shrub planting is eligible for a one-time special incentive payment - a Practice Incentive Payment equal to 40% of the total eligible cost of establishing the practice is paid up front.  A mid-contract maintenance payment defrays the cost of required management activities. 

Note: We have categorized several CCRP practices as Tree/Shrub Planting. Not all of these practices are eligible for every incentive listed above. See CCRP – Tree/Shrub Planting Payment Details for more information, including land rental rates by county (Appendix A) and a list of products/services eligible for cost-share for this practice (Appendix B).

To inquire, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency office.



Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

EQIP Payment for Tree/Shrub Planting: One-time payment of 56¢ per tree for conifer transplants or short-rotation planting, 43¢ per tree for hardwood planting, or 34¢ per tree for conifer seedlings. Or, alternatively, a one-time payment of $383/acre for direct seeding. Also, a one-time payment of $12 to $84 per acre for site prep, an annual payment of $14/acre for chemical weed control for the first 2 years and/or various one-time payments for mechanical weed control, tree shelters and bud caps or animal repellent as needed to establish the new tree planting. EQIP also funds tree/shrub planting as part of the following practices: Forestry/Woodlot Management, Field Windbreaks, Habitat Restoration, Living Snow Fences, Riparian Forested Buffers, Rare & Declining Habitat, Shelterbelts. Higher payment rates apply to Historically Underserved Participants. See EQIP Tree/Shrub Planting payment details for more information.

EQIP applications are accepted anytime but there are deadlines for each funding cycle, typically one or two a year. To inquire, contact your local USDA Natural Resources

 



RIM Reserve

Tree/Shrub Planting Payment Summary: The payment consists of two components, an easement payment and a cost share payment. For perpetual easements, the RIM program pays landowners 90% of the Assessor’s Township Average Market Value of the land enrolled. The RIM program pays 100% of the eligible costs of establishing tree cover, up to $400/acre.

See RIM Reserve – Tree/Shrub Planting Payment Details for more information.

To inquire, contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District.   



State Cost-Share Program

Tree/Shrub Planting Payment: A one-time cost share payment covering up to 75% of the eligible costs for planting trees and or shrubs as a component of a critical area planting or a filter strip. Local SWCDs may set a payment rate lower than the statewide maximum of 75%. Higher cost share percentages may be targeted at areas identified with high priority erosion and water quality problems. 

See State Cost Share – Tree/Shrub Planting Payment Details for more information. 

To inquire, contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District.

 
 
 



Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)

Tree/ Shrub Planting Payment: A one-time cost share payment for establishing mixed native hardwood and conifer species in historically forested areas. Payment rates range from $155 to $491 per acre depending on the species and planting method. 

See WHIP – Tree/Shrub Planting Payment Detailsfor more information. 

To inquire, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service field office

 



Carbon Credit Programs

Tree/Shrub Planting Payment: Tree plantings are eligible for forestry carbon offset payments from either the Farmers Union Carbon Credit Program or the AgraGate Climate Credits Corporation. Payments fluctuate based on the market price of carbon dioxide; see the Chicago Climate Exchange for the current price.

 See Carbon Credit – Tree/Shrub Planting Payment Details for more information.

 

 

 



Local & Regional Programs

Special financial incentives are sometimes offered to landowners in a particular county or watershed for selected conservation practices for a limited time – usually as part of a special initiative funded by a federal or state grant. To find out if any special conservation incentives are offered in your area at this time, contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District, watershed organization, county, Resource Conservation & Development office or other local contacts.

For examples of special local & regional offers or information about the enabling grant programs, click on Local & Regional Programs at the top of this column.

 

 

 



Other Programs

To browse other potential sources of financial or free technical assistance for Tree or Shrub Planting, click on Other Programs at the top of this column, with special attention to: Forestry programs, esp. the Forest Stewardship and the Healthy Forest Reserves programs; Wildlife & Habitat programs, esp. Partners for Fish & Wildlife program; and Farmland & Open Space Preservation programs, esp. The Nature Conservancy.