Two March Workshops Aim to Boost Landowner Participation in Federal Conservation Program

RICH SQUARE, N.C., January 23, 2023—Landowners in eastern North Carolina who want to explore participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program will have two opportunities in March.

Free workshops designed to familiarize landowners with the program will be held March 14 in Goldsboro and March 31 in Weldon. Persons interested in attending can see event details and register via the Eventbrite website at and

The Conservation Reserve Program was created in 1985. The program's long-term goal is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and to plant species that will improve environmental health and quality.

The workshops are being hosted jointly by the nonprofit Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project (SFLRP) and the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. Roanoke Electric Cooperative helped establish SFLRP in 2013 to help North Carolinians increase the income and asset value of family-owned forestland and enhance forest health, land retention and the opportunity to create intergenerational wealth. Originally, SFLRP was focused on assisting woodland owners within the seven counties that Roanoke Electric serves (Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton and Perquimans). However, last year the project expanded assistance to assist families in six more counties: Edgecombe, Granville, Martin, Nash, Vance and Warren.

To reach SFLRP Director Alton Perry, email