Welcome Grant, your topic is timely for my situation. I have begun talks with my local NRCS to look at options for approximately 8 acres of my land in latitude 47 N. Idaho. The land in question is hydric soil bordering on wetlands that has been used for hay and horse pasture. It is slowly reverting back to a wetlands nature of native Cottonwood, Spirea, Lupine, Alder, Willow. My goals for the land are largely influenced by Holzer, Lawton, Falk. I would like to see the land converted to swales, hugelkultur, humus retention, and wildlife food plots. Furthermore, my hope is that the swales/Hugelkultur can provide dry enough soil for perennial and annual food production. The NRCS seems receptive to a potential cost-sharing partnership in these goals. But has concerns about soil disturbance with swales.
Do you have any input as I negotiate and partner with my local agency?