Enjoying our Environment
Americans are planning over 275 million leisure trips this summer, many of which will include enjoying the outdoors at the beach, along a scenic drive, or in a national park. Did you know the trees providing scenic backdrops for your vacation photos also benefit the environment? Trees help the environment by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one acre of forest meets the annual needs of 18 people. Whether you are taking a family camping trip, attending a backyard barbeque, or walking your dog in a local park, the summer months offer a host of opportunities to enjoy the beauty and benefits of our environment. With the season for summer vacations and outdoor activities upon us, GovBenefits.gov is highlighting some of the benefit programs available to protect the health of our environment.

  • Conservation Reserve Program
    The Conservation Reserve Program is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners. Through CRP, you can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource-conserving covers on eligible farmland. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=340

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program
    The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers and ranchers to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=375

  • Wetlands Reserve Program
    The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts. The NRCS goal is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program. Landowners have the option of enrolling eligible lands through permanent easements, 30-year easements, or restoration cost-share agreements. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=384

  • Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program
    The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) provides both technical assistance and up to 75 percent cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. WHIP agreements generally last from 5 to 10 years from the date the agreement is signed. WHIP is not intended for Federal land. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=385