Land Conservation Programs

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Land and Water Resource Management Program

The Land and Water Resource Management Program provides cost-share funding to landowner’s for the installation of best management practices.

Ditchbank Sloping and Seeding 

Ditchbank Sloping and Seeding - Before     Ditchbank Sloping and Seeding - After                                             Before                                                                            After 

 Grassed Waterway

Grassed Waterway - Before     Grassed Waterway - After

                              Before                                                                            After           


Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Chapter 50

 Farmland Preservation

The loss of productive farms and agricultural resources is of increasing public concern.  Agriculture is a vital part of Racine County's economic, cultural, and ecological landscape.  It continues to provide important economic, social, and ecological functions by controlling floodwater, recharging groundwater supplies, sustaining wildlife habitat, and providing scenic beauty. 


Farmland Preservation Plan

 Conservation Reserved Enhancement Program (CREP)

CREP is a resource for those actively working the land to use to help meet their conservation goals, particularly those who currently till or graze land along rivers and streams.  Landowners to install filter strips along waterways or to return continually flooded fields to wetlands while leaving the remainder of the adjacent land in agricultural production. 


Tree Program


The Racine County Tree Program provide Racine County citizens the opportunity to plant seeding trees at a minimal price for conservation uses such as wind breaks, woodlots, reforestation and the promotion of wildlife habitat.  The program includes native prairie seed and wildflowers for owners interested in a native conservation cover.


 Racine County Tree Sale  Racine County Tree Sale


(Annual sale starts in the fall with delivery in April)

Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claims Program (WDACP)

The WDACP provides assistance and partial compensation to farmers for agricultural damage to their crops.  Crop damage caused by deer, elk, bear, geese, or wild turkeys can receive assistance for abatement and removal.  Crop damage must be reported within 14 days of first noticing damage.

Call 1-800-433-0663 to report crop damage.


WI DNR - Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claims Program

Deer Donation

Wisconsin’s autumn tradition continues to be an opportunity to help those in need.  The deer donation program allows hunter’s to donate deer to be processed into ground venison.  Since 2000, over 85,000 deer have been donated in the State.


WI Deer Donation


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Deer Donation Program 

Gypsy Moth Suppression


Gypsy moth caterpillars can cause heavy tree defoliation.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, combined with the county and local municipalities, organize aerial insecticide treatments to suppress damaging gypsy moth populations.

Gypsy Moth Gypsy Moth


Wisconsin Gypsy Moth Program


Racine County Fair

The Land Conservation staff has an exhibit each year at the Racine County Fair.  The display depicts examples conservation projects installed in Racine County.  Staff can answer questions about your land and water resource concerns.   We also distribute environmentally educational brochures for all ages.


Racine County Fair


Racine County Fair

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