Cost Share & Tax Incentive Programs
Most cost share programs listed below are through Washington State or Federal Agencies or offered through Island County. This page is designed to offer you ideas and solutions to your natural resource challenges. WICD does have some direct access to cost share funds, and can help with applications to many of the programs listed below. Please call or stop by our office for more information.
Island County Programs
Rural Stewardship Plan
Island County's Rural Stewardship Plan is for property owners within unincorporated Island County whose residential parcel is one acre or larger. A Plan can be developed for anywhere conservation practices will protect water quality and habitat. In exchange, Rural Stewardship participants qualify for front-of-line permit processing, and may choose either a reduction in property tax valuation, or a lowered Land Use Intensity rating.
The Rural Stewardship Plan is best suited for landowners who can make a long-term commitment to manage their land in accordance with their Plan's requirements, usually for a period of more than 10 years. The Plan's set conditions are specific to the affected property; officially recorded on the land's title; and binding upon both the original applicant and future landowners. MORE INFO
Open Timber Tax Program
The Open Timber tax benefit program was developed to provide tax relief to landowners who grow and maintain forested property for commercial production and harvesting of timber. Properly managed forests not only support the Washington State timber industry but these practices are recognized as invaluable to promoting continued forest growth & health, protection of essential water sources, minimization of soil erosion, conservation of wildlife habitat, and preservation of the natural and recreational spaces that characterize Island County. MORE INFO
Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Programs
EQIP - Environmental Quality Incentives Program
EQIP is a voluntary conservation program which addresses serious threats to soil, water, and related natural resources through 2 -10 year contracts. The program supports production agriculture and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, farmers may receive financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices on agricultural land.
Am I eligible?
Eligible applicants who are engaged in livestock, agricultural or forest production on eligible land may participate in the EQIP program. EQIP activities are carried out according to a conservation plan developed in conjunction with the participant that identifies the appropriate conservation practice or practices to address the resource concerns.
How do I apply?
You may apply at your local USDA Service Centers, FSA, NRCS, and Conservation District Offices. EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis with at least one annual selection period established by the NRCS. MORE INFO
WHIP - Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
WHIP is a voluntary program for private landowners to develop and improve high quality habitat that supports wildlife populations of National, State, Tribal, and local significance. Under WHIP, the NRCS provides technical and financial assistance through cost-share agreements to implement habitat restoration and enhancement projects.
WHIP will be used on lands where fish and wildlife habitat has been negatively impacted by agricultural or forestry activities or by invasive species. MORE INFO
CSP- Conservation Stewardship Program
The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by:
RMAP - Road Management and Abandonment Program
Washington State forest management laws require most private forest landowners to prepare and submit a Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plan (RMAP). An RMAP is a forest road inventory and schedule for any repair work that is needed to bring roads up to state standards. An RMAP is prepared by the landowner and approved by DNR. MORE INFO
WRP - Wetland Reserve Program
Washington States goals and objectives of the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) are to assist eligible applicants in the restoration, creation, protection and enhancement of wetlands on their property through a voluntary, environmentally safe and cost effective manner. The Wetland Reserve Program is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service through consultation with the State Technical Committee. Through the use of the State Technical Committee the following priorities have been established for the implementation of WRP in Washington State. MORE INFO
The following is a list of the most commonly used practices that will be used to meet our goals and objectives:
Department of Natural Resources Forestry Programs
FFFPP - Family Forest
This cost-share program helps small forest landowners correct fish passage barriers on their forestlands. The program provides 75-100 percent of the cost of correcting a barrier; it also provides technical assistance. MORE INFO
FREP - Forestry Riparian Easement Program
FREP was created to help reduce the burden of salmon habitat protecton on small forest landowners. The easement program acknowledges the importance of small forest landowners and the contributions they make to protect wildlife habitat and water quality. FREP compensates eligible small forest landowners in exchange for a 50-year easement on “qualifying timber.” This is the timber the landowner is required to leave unharvested as a result of new forest practices rules protecting Washington’s forests and fish. Landowners cannot cut or remove the qualifying timber during the easement period. The landowner still owns the property and retains full access, but has “leased” the trees and their associated riparian function to the state. MORE INFO