This program is administered by the Sheboygan County Planning & Conservation Department. It is independent of and not to be confused with similar state and federal programs - such as the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
The goal of the Buffer Strip Program is to install vegetated buffers along all the streams classified as navigable under the County's Shoreland and Floodplain Ordinances. The term "navigable" is used in a legally defining context. Many streams that flow intermittently (occasionally) are still defined as meeting the "navigable" criteria under the law.
Program participation is voluntary. County cost-sharing funds are being provided as a conservation incentive to landowners for planting buffer strips.
The program offers three basic options for landowners to choose from. The amount of payment per acre and the length of the required maintenance period varies between options.