Ecological benefits of the Conservation Reserve Program

C. P. Dunn, F. Stearns, G. R. Guntenspergen, D. M. Sharpe

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Abstract

The Conservation Reserve Program was initiated in 1985 to reduce soil loss in highly erodible agricultural land. This stated objective of the program has been quite successful. However, there are other unintentional yet significant ecological benefits to the program that merit evaluation. These benefits include the reversal of landscape fragmentation, maintenance of regional biodiversity, creation of wildlife habitat, and favorable changes in regional carbon flux. These and other benefits should be used by policy makers and federal officials to maintain the program even after enrollment expectations have been achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
No781 I
Specialist publicationNCASI Technical Bulletin
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

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