Illinois Buffer Partnership
Trees Forever water quality initiatives provide opportunities for farmers, rural landowners, and watershed residents to improve water quality through demonstration projects, watershed planning and education.
The purpose of the Illinois Buffer PartnershipTM is to improve water quality by establishing buffers of trees, shrubs and grasses along streams and in wetlands in Illinois. Combined with other best management practices, results include:
• slowed runoff from fields
• reduced soil erosion
• filtered and purified water
• increased wildlife habitat
• additional farm income
• visual screens
• education on water quality practices
Who is eligible to participate?
• rural landowners
• watershed residents
What are the goals of this program?
The goal of this program is for landowners to host a field demonstration day in which they will share their knowledge with interested neighbors and friends.
What assistance or services are provided through this program?
Participants are eligible to receive up to a maximum of $2,000 cost share and may participate in a half-price seed deal with GROWMARK.
What is the application deadline?
December 31. Applicants will be notified in February if they have been selected as a participating landowner.
Thanks to the Sponsors
The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, Syngenta, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Growmark