Windbreak - Living Snow Fence Assistance:
Side-by-Side Comparison of Programs
CRP Continuous Signup (CCRP)

Living Snow Fence 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 rates for this practice in Minnesota ranged 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 purchase of seedlings and site preparation. Two one-time special incentive payments are received up front -- a Signup Incentive Payment of $10 per acre per year enrolled (up to 10 years) and a Practice Incentive Payment equal to 40% of the total eligible cost of establishing the practice. A mid-contract maintenance payment defrays the cost of required management activities.

See CCRP – Living Snow Fence 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 Living Snow Fence: One-time payment of 29¢ per foot for each row of trees/shrubs, plus $22 to $136 per acre for site prep and, if needed, payments for weed control or mulching and $1,078/acre to remove old trees. Higher payment rates apply Historically Underserved Participants. See EQIP Living Snow Fence 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 Conservation Service or Soil & Water Conservation District office.

RIM Reserve

 Living Snow Fence 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 living snow fences, up to $400/acre.

See RIM Reserve – Living Snow Fence - Payment Details for more information.

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


Carbon Credit Programs
Living Snow Fence Payment: The tree planting component of a living snow fence is eligible for forestry offset carbon credits from both the Farmers Union Carbon Credit Program and 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 – Living Snow Fence 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 establishing, renovating, managing or protecting a Living Snow Fence, click on Other Programs at the top of this column, with special attention to Forestry programs, esp. the Living Snow Fence Program, and Sustainable Ag & Working Land programs, esp. MDA Sustainable Agriculture Loans.