Focused Conservation Project

Despite recent large-scale industrial developments that impact natural habitats and waterways, much of Boone County remains forested. Not only do forests provide habitat for wildlife such as deer, foxes, owls, and migratory birds, they also filter pollutants out of the air and keep streams and rivers clean.

To protect forest resources in Boone County, BCCDKY is partnering with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) on a Focused Conservation Project in the Middle Creek watershed, which has over 7,000 acres of forest habitat. This project, funded by NRCS, will support conservation practices such as invasive species management, tree plantings, and riparian vegetation protection. Private landowners within the program area will be eligible for project funding and technical support. Public lands such as Middle Creek Park and Boone Cliffs will also receive support for improved land management.


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Landowners in the Middle Creek Watershed are eligible for funding

  • Check the Middle Creek Map to see if your land is within the project area
  • Must have Farm Number (or contact the Farm Service Agency to get one: 859-586-7903 x. 2)
  • Must have an Aq Water Quality Plan (learn more here)

What if I'm not in the Middle Creek Watershed?

You can still apply for funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Contact our office for more information.

Funding will be used to support conservation practices such as:

  • Invasive species removal
  • Native tree plantings
  • Cattle crossings
  • Riparian buffer management
  • and more....

Contact our office for a complete list of eligible projects

Start your enrollment!

If you have a Farm Number, please have it ready. If you are not sure, you can contact the USDA/FSA Service Center at 859-586-6175.

Make sure you have completed the NEW Agriculture Water Quality Plan.

Fill out this EQIP APPLICATION and send it to us at Boone County Conservation District, 6028 Camp Ernst Rd., Burlington, KY 41005 or email a signed copy to [email protected]

If you have additional questions regarding the enrollment process, please call the Boone County Conservation District at 859-586-7903 x. 3 or send us an email

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