Conservation Reserve Program Longleaf Pine Initiative

Program Description

The Longleaf Pine Initiative of the Conservation Reserve Program  (CRP) is designed to reforest up to 250,000 acres of longleaf pine forests in nine southern states.  Under the Longleaf Pine Initiative, landowners in the eligible states who have existing croplands with soils appropriate for longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) can enroll in CRP. They will receive enhanced cost-share assistance to help cover the costs of planting longleaf and 15-year contracts that provide annual payments.


Producers in the nine states, within the historic range of the longleaf pine and soils suitable for longleaf pine.may be eligible to participate in  the CRP Longleaf Pine Initiative.  In addition, land must first meet the basic CRP eligibility requirements. Acceptable land is cropland that was planted or considered planted (including field margins) to an agricultural commodity in four out of six years between 1996 and 2001 and which is also physically and legally capable of being planted for manner normal for an agricultural commodity.
The Nine eligible states and counties:






North Carolina

South Carolina



Map of the Eligible Counties
Conservation Reserve Program Longleaf Pine Initiative


The following requirements apply during the life of the contract:

  • Plantings must be protected from grazing by domestic livestock;
  • Chemicals used in performing the practice must not include fertilizers and be:
    • Federally, state and locally registered; and
    • Applied according to authorized registered uses, label directions, and other Federal or state policies and requirements;
  • The practice has periodic management activities performed according to the conservation plan; and
  • The producer controls all noxious and invasive.


Continuous sign-up provides management flexibility to farmers and ranchers to implement certain high-priority conservation practices on eligible land.

Contact Conservation Reserve Program Longleaf Pine Initiative

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