The Washington state office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is launching a new voluntary Riparian Buffer Program in fiscal year 2023 that will compensate producers not only for things such as time, materials, labor and equipment required to install the buffers, but also for the income the land put into buffers would have produced.

According to NRCS in Washington, the program is intended to help salmon habitat by reducing sediment and lowering water temperatures and will be run through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program. A new sign-up period was expected to be announced by the end of October. Producers are encouraged to contact their local NRCS office with any questions.