Porter County Soil & Water Conservation District

Native habitat

Through the Farm Bill, NRCS is able to provide assistance to agricultural producers who want to voluntarily make wildlife-friendly improvements on their land. NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to help producers plan and implement a variety of conservation practices that benefit game and non-game wildlife species and agricultural operations.

Financial assistance helps producers pay for the adoption of conservation practices to improve the health of ecosystems. NRCS assistance covers about 50 to 70 percent of the cost.

The Farm Bill is the largest source of federal funding for private lands conservation, which provides ample opportunities for producers to aid wildlife on working lands.

Additionally, NRCS uses targeted landscape-level initiatives to accelerate conservation work where it can net the biggest impacts. The Working Lands for Wildlife partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service targets conservation for seven target species.

invasive Tree exchange program

How to get your FREE native tree!


  1. Complete the Program Form with your information

  2. Remove any qualifying invasive tree or shrub

  3. Set up a site visit with Jared

  4. Choose your native replacement tree


Native replacement trees are generously provided by CommuniTree & the Kankakee River Basin-Yellow River Basin Development Commission

Local Workgroup


Porter LaPorte Advancing Native Team (P.L.A.N.T.) is a group of stakeholders, professionals and concerned citizens that came together to form a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) in Porter & LaPorte Counties. The group holds monthly meetings and is looking for more interested individuals to join us in helping promote native species and curb the spread of invasive species.

Interested in establishing native habitat?

Visit the Programs & Services Page for more information on Federal Programs that can provide financial assistance to create wildlife habitat.

Native Habitat Installation & Plant Guides

Pollinator Habitat - Site Prep & Seeding.mp4

Pollinator Habitat - Site Preparation & Seeding Video