Conservation Program Information

State Conservation Programs

For information or to apply for Cost Share assistance, contact Duane Vanhook.

Ag-Cost Share

Farm best management practices

Community Conservation Program

Urban best management practices

Ag- Water Resources Program

Water quantity best management practices

Federal Conservation Programs

Interested farmers should email John Ottinger, the District Conservationist, or call 828-452-2741, ext. 3.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

EQIP provides landowners with financial and technical assistance with installing conservation practices that address natural resource concerns. With the landowner, NRCS will develop a conservation plan that meets the goals of the project. Through this program, over 200 conservation practices are offered for farmland, forests and ranches. 

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

This program helps landowners by providing financial assistance to purchase conservation easements, which keep working farms in agriculture. The Wetland Reserve Easement component of this program helps restore and protect wetlands.

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

CSP helps farmers maintain and improve conservation programs, as well as add new ones. This program pays participants for conservation performance through a five year contract. Grasslands are also eligible for this program.


The District has a no-till seed drill and a weed wiper available for lease. Please check to see if they are available by calling 828-452-2741, ext. 3.

Technical Assistance

  • Access Road Layout
  • Animal Waste Systems
  • Critical Area Stabilization
  • Diversions
  • Drainage System Design
  • Erosion Control
  • Forms for Wildlife Planting and Tree Seedlings
  • Grassed Waterways and Field Borders
  • Heavy Use Areas
  • No-Till and Minimum-Till
  • Outdoor Classrooms for Schools
  • Pasture and Hayland Management
  • Pond Construction
  • Sediment Control Basin
  • Soil Testing
  • Streambank Stabilization
  • Watershed Planning