NRCS Conservation Programs

Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)

The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts. The NRCS goal is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program. WRP offers landowners an opportunity to establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices and protection.

To learn more see WRP

Financial Information: Total Obligations | Technical Assistance | Financial Assistance | Reimbursable
Conservation Agreements: Cumulative Enrollment Data |Maps
Conservation Practice Implementation Reports: by State | by State and Conservation Practices related to: Wetlands | Water Quality| Fish and Wildlife Habitat


Financial Information

The Financial Information section presents data from the USDA Office of the Chief Financial Officer's Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI) system and its predecessor, the Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS). The Financial Information presented here is Total Obligations which the Government Accountability Office defines as binding agreements (orders placed, contracts awarded, services rendered, etc.) that will result in outlays, immediately or in the future. Before obligations can be incurred, budgetary resources must be made available by Congress. The obligations displayed for each year are the total obligations reported as of the end of each fiscal year. Subsequent adjustments after the close of the fiscal year are not included.

There are three categories of Total Obligations presented below:

  • Technical Assistance (TA) Obligations refer to the scientific expertise, natural resource data, tools, and technology that USDA NRCS personnel provide to help producers, landowners, and communities develop conservation plans and implement conservation practices to solve natural resource problems at the field, operation, or larger landscape scales. NRCS is the lead agency for providing technical assistance for USDA.
  • Financial Assistance (FA) Obligations refer to the commitment of funds to contracts for payments that will be made to program participants for the purchase of easements and for implementing conservation practices, which can provide both on-site and off-site conservation benefits.
  • Reimbursable funds can be used to provide Technical or Financial Assistance, but are received from sources other than NRCS. They can also be transfers from or agreements with other Federal agencies.

Financial data should not be incorporated with the programmatic enrollment data provided below to derive a cost/acre or cost/agreement. Among other reasons, such calculations will not produce accurate results since both technical assistance and financial assistance obligations for associated conservation practices are included in these data, in addition to the obligations used for purchasing easements.

Total Obligations, by Fiscal Year and Type
WRP Total Obligations, by Fiscal Year
In thousands of dollars
Division 2009 2010 2011 2012
Alabama $20,546.1
$15,059.0
$10,716.2
$8,673.1
Alaska $45.7
$42.0
$57.0
$15.4
Arizona $116.7
$64.9
$79.8
$130.1
Arkansas $10,431.4
$18,841.8
$12,663.1
$30,295.6
California $16,867.4
$28,781.9
$36,829.1
$38,096.7
Caribbean
$1,708.6

$44.8
Colorado $905.4
$1,528.0
$1,731.5
$1,315.0
Connecticut $686.5
$73.7
$100.9
$75.5
Delaware $727.0
$1,230.0
$419.3
$728.0
Florida $77,501.0
$147,968.4
$101,095.7
$79,056.9
Georgia $3,611.6
$5,635.6
$9,743.9
$14,048.8
Hawaii/Pacific $545.9
$92.4
$139.9
$210.3
Idaho $362.0
$5,119.5
$2,709.2
$2,766.9
Illinois $4,166.6
$10,326.4
$7,496.9
$6,826.6
Indiana $7,268.4
$13,414.1
$15,380.6
$9,129.8
Iowa $17,640.5
$13,388.0
$37,383.3
$31,368.5
Kansas $4,456.7
$5,608.7
$4,972.5
$3,138.8
Kentucky $5,220.0
$6,648.9
$8,649.3
$16,136.1
Louisiana $6,027.9
$38,429.8
$43,567.0
$44,503.6
Maine $55.3
$345.9
$514.3
$485.7
Maryland $5,530.3
$7,389.0
$7,225.6
$6,375.3
Massachusetts $5,005.3
$2,927.9
$3,845.5
$2,682.7
Michigan $6,258.3
$4,554.0
$3,842.1
$4,506.6
Minnesota $31,476.8
$15,355.4
$28,164.3
$30,564.7
Mississippi $5,037.8
$26,062.4
$22,880.2
$23,643.1
Missouri $8,274.6
$22,550.1
$17,218.1
$19,040.8
Montana $654.2
$3,367.3
$2,094.9
$3,546.2
Nebraska $23,515.6
$24,182.9
$14,380.7
$14,911.2
Nevada $14.2
$43.9
$3,532.6
$4,120.3
New Hampshire $20,942.6
$9,894.7
$3,171.7
$12,594.4
New Jersey $2,526.3
$1,260.5
$1,206.3
$1,244.8
New Mexico $147.3
$999.5
$1,596.2
$1,032.7
New York $5,888.4
$6,499.6
$4,718.8
$8,003.2
North Carolina $8,099.7
$10,096.1
$8,041.5
$10,344.6
North Dakota $23,902.1
$35,303.5
$34,199.7
$18,234.3
Ohio $3,980.8
$9,528.2
$7,390.4
$6,212.1
Oklahoma $4,819.1
$8,719.8
$8,896.1
$8,057.2
Oregon $14,078.2
$12,403.9
$4,893.7
$15,796.7
Pennsylvania $2,181.3
$4,299.9
$8,891.2
$11,029.3
Rhode Island $102.5
$552.2
$195.8
$579.7
South Carolina $7,373.9
$5,421.2
$7,949.4
$2,420.8
South Dakota $11,799.9
$20,089.4
$20,573.3
$24,482.7
Tennessee $22,228.8
$17,297.1
$18,974.1
$17,277.1
Texas $3,465.4
$38,727.9
$16,994.3
$23,429.9
Utah $115.6
$1,676.7
$1,616.8
$255.6
Vermont $1,522.2
$1,449.5
$632.4
$1,272.5
Virginia $464.3
$537.8
$1,204.7
$1,342.2
Washington $1,615.7
$1,460.4
$1,351.7
$2,994.6
West Virginia $296.4
$597.1
$772.7
$241.5
Wisconsin $25,533.5
$11,344.3
$9,018.7
$8,255.9
Wyoming $2,136.9
$2,603.2
$1,510.2
$1,927.0
Other $9,540.9
$8,666.4
$7,852.6
$14,520.2
Total $435,711.3
$630,169.3
$569,085.8
$587,986.2
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, 2012 data from Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI), April 2013;
2009-2011 data from Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS), December 2011.
• Caribbean includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
• Hawaii/Pacific includes Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
• Other indicates Headquarters, Regional, or other non-State divisions.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over divisions due to rounding.

WRP Technical Assistance Obligations,
by Fiscal Year
In thousands of dollars
Division 2009 2010 2011 2012
Alabama $293.8
$636.2
$728.2
$1,165.5
Alaska $35.7
$42.0
$57.0
$5.1
Arizona $30.4
$51.6
$75.3
$122.6
Arkansas $1,498.1
$1,239.8
$1,614.6
$3,736.5
California $804.4
$1,301.3
$2,045.4
$2,440.9
Caribbean
$44.3

$44.8
Colorado $352.1
$279.0
$258.2
$344.3
Connecticut $111.0
$73.2
$64.3
$46.2
Delaware $72.3
$118.0
$116.5
$106.3
Florida $1,518.8
$2,688.5
$3,397.7
$4,255.2
Georgia $197.6
$211.8
$423.6
$1,037.4
Hawaii/Pacific $25.8
$76.4
$97.4
$155.1
Idaho $47.6
$221.0
$214.4
$270.5
Illinois $564.5
$969.8
$668.6
$1,159.7
Indiana $580.9
$888.9
$1,346.8
$1,246.1
Iowa $1,142.1
$915.1
$1,771.1
$2,296.0
Kansas $307.3
$445.5
$413.9
$732.2
Kentucky $265.7
$321.1
$487.9
$900.3
Louisiana $1,077.2
$1,638.6
$3,103.9
$6,916.6
Maine $55.3
$98.5
$86.1
$101.5
Maryland $148.7
$409.2
$300.2
$721.3
Massachusetts $114.1
$139.7
$170.1
$142.0
Michigan $420.6
$539.2
$681.7
$692.7
Minnesota $1,077.1
$1,308.6
$2,107.5
$3,130.6
Mississippi $845.1
$1,234.0
$3,541.2
$2,027.0
Missouri $1,185.6
$1,230.1
$1,824.9
$1,916.8
Montana $188.0
$266.7
$273.8
$552.9
Nebraska $1,230.4
$1,224.9
$1,583.4
$1,386.2
Nevada $14.2
$43.9
$211.3
$137.7
New Hampshire $675.5
$440.2
$244.5
$593.7
New Jersey $74.9
$101.1
$134.1
$157.8
New Mexico $64.8
$79.4
$135.0
$106.5
New York $1,390.0
$987.7
$969.3
$1,839.8
North Carolina $387.7
$608.8
$693.9
$1,610.5
North Dakota $915.9
$1,001.4
$1,528.6
$3,049.2
Ohio $290.6
$671.5
$731.5
$694.2
Oklahoma $415.2
$566.4
$834.0
$1,321.6
Oregon $702.9
$550.0
$1,019.4
$1,965.2
Pennsylvania $167.0
$201.9
$289.6
$1,010.9
Rhode Island $50.3
$88.1
$74.8
$37.5
South Carolina $638.9
$399.4
$622.2
$504.7
South Dakota $772.9
$774.9
$1,158.6
$1,788.9
Tennessee $668.2
$580.9
$871.5
$1,491.2
Texas $412.4
$1,252.6
$879.7
$3,216.8
Utah $102.6
$149.3
$160.2
$197.7
Vermont $113.6
$194.9
$100.7
$111.2
Virginia $89.2
$140.6
$135.7
$257.9
Washington $292.0
$268.7
$447.9
$351.5
West Virginia $65.8
$194.6
$240.7
$101.2
Wisconsin $918.9
$706.8
$729.7
$799.7
Wyoming $246.0
$294.6
$197.0
$471.9
Other $7,109.2
$7,009.1
$5,822.5
$14,512.4
Total $30,768.6
$35,919.7
$45,686.3
$73,981.8
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, 2012 data from Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI), April 2013;
2009-2011 data from Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS), December 2011.
• Caribbean includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
• Hawaii/Pacific includes Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
• Other indicates Headquarters, Regional, or other non-State divisions.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over divisions due to rounding.

WRP Financial Assistance Obligations,
by Fiscal Year
In thousands of dollars
Division 2009 2010 2011 2012
Alabama $20,252.3
$14,422.9
$9,988.0
$7,507.6
Alaska $10.0


$10.3
Arizona $86.3
$13.4
$4.5
$7.5
Arkansas $8,933.3
$17,602.0
$11,048.4
$26,559.1
California $16,063.1
$27,480.6
$34,783.7
$35,655.8
Caribbean
$1,664.3


Colorado $553.4
$1,249.0
$1,473.3
$970.7
Connecticut $575.4
$0.5
$36.5
$29.3
Delaware $654.7
$1,112.0
$302.7
$621.7
Florida $75,982.2
$145,279.9
$97,698.0
$74,801.7
Georgia $3,414.0
$5,423.8
$9,320.3
$13,011.4
Hawaii/Pacific $520.2
$16.0
$42.4
$55.2
Idaho $314.4
$4,898.5
$2,494.8
$2,496.4
Illinois $3,602.2
$9,356.7
$6,828.3
$5,666.9
Indiana $6,687.5
$12,525.1
$14,033.8
$7,883.7
Iowa $16,498.4
$12,472.9
$35,612.2
$29,072.5
Kansas $4,149.3
$5,163.1
$4,558.7
$2,406.5
Kentucky $4,954.3
$6,327.8
$8,161.3
$15,235.8
Louisiana $4,950.7
$36,791.3
$40,463.1
$37,587.0
Maine
$247.4
$428.2
$384.2
Maryland $5,381.6
$6,949.7
$6,903.4
$5,654.0
Massachusetts $4,891.2
$2,788.2
$3,675.5
$2,540.7
Michigan $5,837.8
$4,014.8
$3,160.5
$3,813.9
Minnesota $30,399.8
$14,046.8
$26,056.8
$27,434.1
Mississippi $4,192.7
$24,828.4
$19,339.0
$21,616.1
Missouri $7,089.0
$21,320.0
$15,393.3
$17,124.0
Montana $466.2
$3,100.6
$1,821.1
$2,993.3
Nebraska $22,285.1
$22,958.0
$12,797.3
$13,525.0
Nevada

$3,321.2
$3,982.6
New Hampshire $20,267.2
$9,454.5
$2,927.2
$12,000.8
New Jersey $2,451.4
$1,159.4
$1,072.2
$1,087.1
New Mexico $82.5
$920.1
$1,461.2
$926.2
New York $4,498.4
$5,511.8
$3,749.5
$6,163.3
North Carolina $7,712.0
$9,487.3
$7,347.7
$8,734.1
North Dakota $22,986.2
$34,302.2
$32,671.0
$15,185.1
Ohio $3,690.2
$8,856.7
$6,658.9
$5,517.9
Oklahoma $4,403.9
$8,153.4
$8,062.1
$6,735.6
Oregon $13,375.3
$11,854.0
$3,874.3
$13,831.5
Pennsylvania $2,014.4
$4,098.0
$8,601.6
$10,018.5
Rhode Island $52.2
$464.0
$121.0
$542.2
South Carolina $6,735.0
$5,021.8
$7,327.2
$1,916.1
South Dakota $11,027.0
$19,314.5
$19,414.7
$22,693.8
Tennessee $21,560.6
$16,716.2
$18,102.5
$15,785.9
Texas $3,053.0
$37,475.3
$16,114.5
$20,213.1
Utah $13.0
$1,527.4
$1,456.5
$57.9
Vermont $1,408.6
$1,254.6
$482.2
$1,107.9
Virginia $375.2
$397.1
$1,069.0
$1,084.3
Washington $1,323.6
$1,191.6
$903.9
$2,643.1
West Virginia $230.6
$402.6
$532.0
$140.3
Wisconsin $24,614.7
$10,637.5
$8,289.0
$7,456.2
Wyoming $1,890.9
$2,308.6
$1,313.2
$1,455.1
Other $2,431.7
$1,657.3
$2,030.2
$7.8
Total $404,942.7
$594,219.4
$523,327.9
$513,950.9
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, 2012 data from Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI), April 2013;
2009-2011 data from Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS), December 2011.
• Caribbean includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
• Hawaii/Pacific includes Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
• Other indicates Headquarters, Regional, or other non-State divisions.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over divisions due to rounding.

WRP Reimbursable Obligations,
by Fiscal Year
In thousands of dollars
Division 2009 2010 2011 2012
Maryland
$30.2
$22.1

Vermont

$49.5
$53.4
Total
$30.2
$71.5
$53.4
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, 2012 data from Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI), April 2013;
2009-2011 data from Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS), December 2011.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over divisions due to rounding.

Conservation Agreements


NRCS enters into WRP contracts with landowners willing to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. WRP contract options include permanent or 30-year easements and restoration agreements, as well as 30-year contracts for land owned by Indian Tribes. By entering into an easement contract, the landowner sells development rights to the wetland and associated upland acres in the contract, and NRCS obligates funds to purchase the easement rights and to provide technical and financial assistance for planning and applying conservation practices to restore the wetland. By entering into a restoration agreement, the landowner agrees to apply specified conservation practices, and NRCS obligates funds to provide technical and financial assistance for planning and applying these conservation practices. The table below reports the number of WRP contracts signed during each contract fiscal year, and the acres associated with those contracts, as well as the cumulative totals for contracts signed prior to the 2008 Farm Act.

The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) Maps page contains maps illustrating cumulative agreements and acres enrolled by state and year.

WRP Cumulative Agreement Data by State and Fiscal Year
State Prior Years 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total
Number of Agreements Acres Enrolled Number of Agreements Acres Enrolled Number of Agreements Acres Enrolled Number of Agreements Acres Enrolled Number of Agreements Acres Enrolled Number of Agreements Acres Enrolled
Alabama 44
3,910.8
68
11,621.6
30
5,238.0
36
3,605.0
15
1,441.9
193
25,817.3
Alaska 1
15.7








1
15.7
Arizona 4
1,843.0








4
1,843.0
Arkansas 440
193,103.0
17
4,783.6
46
11,060.7
27
6,453.6
48
9,509.1
578
224,910.0
California 230
93,013.3
9
6,215.5
11
7,780.9
41
12,061.6
33
9,495.7
324
128,566.9
Caribbean 1
1,230.0


1
284.5




2
1,514.5
Colorado 94
16,264.3
2
1,732.6
2
623.7
2
760.0
1
219.4
101
19,600.0
Connecticut 11
742.0
2
75.9
1
80.3




14
898.2
Delaware 30
1,496.9
2
223.3
4
321.0
1
16.6
2
140.0
39
2,197.8
Florida 78
141,191.8
22
15,330.2
15
39,024.7
9
22,879.0
10
23,099.2
134
241,524.9
Georgia 50
16,089.4
11
2,135.2
3
3,274.5
20
5,741.2
20
8,037.0
104
35,277.3
Hawaii/Pacific 10
693.8






1
2.1
11
695.9
Idaho 46
8,400.5
2
120.9
7
2,067.2
4
1,175.0
7
605.6
66
12,369.2
Illinois 259
61,134.4
7
1,072.2
17
2,609.1
19
1,783.1
12
1,419.4
314
68,018.2
Indiana 501
52,208.5
42
1,971.6
71
3,387.1
54
7,690.2
23
929.3
691
66,186.6
Iowa 651
73,087.7
44
4,064.0
31
3,375.5
41
3,730.0
53
4,813.7
820
89,070.9
Kansas 147
14,672.7
18
2,800.0
22
3,224.7
19
1,916.2
8
505.3
214
23,118.9
Kentucky 117
16,610.2
11
1,597.5
27
2,030.0
9
2,223.0
28
4,330.5
192
26,791.2
Louisiana 599
217,780.1
11
1,247.0
120
21,432.9
40
18,295.5
55
19,426.7
825
278,182.2
Maine 8
7,814.0


4
248.6
1
75.0
1
2.0
14
8,139.6
Maryland 51
3,540.1
17
3,981.9
21
3,005.8
16
1,823.5
14
1,714.6
119
14,065.8
Massachusetts 17
510.6
2
231.4
5
164.1
5
240.8
2
210.2
31
1,357.0
Michigan 395
36,545.9
25
1,967.6
20
1,120.0
14
855.7
13
596.0
467
41,085.3
Minnesota 601
72,265.6
124
19,248.3
54
5,869.8
122
11,841.7
106
11,896.6
1,007
121,122.0
Mississippi 440
147,962.0
13
2,835.2
55
11,434.6
38
7,016.1
33
7,700.1
579
176,948.0
Missouri 681
102,787.5
29
2,060.2
74
7,718.3
69
5,897.4
53
5,258.7
906
123,722.1
Montana 55
22,622.1


6
1,186.3
5
947.5
10
1,401.1
76
26,157.1
Nebraska 426
53,107.3
77
14,620.8
73
10,084.6
40
5,213.6
28
4,126.8
644
87,153.1
Nevada 1
190.0




3
3,683.4
2
6,136.0
6
10,009.4
New Hampshire 39
2,577.9
56
4,507.5
19
2,507.9
7
1,303.6
19
1,608.3
140
12,505.3
New Jersey 21
3,488.6
1
394.9
3
369.0
4
188.4
4
193.1
33
4,634.0
New Mexico 3
292.2


3
458.2
1
274.9
2
182.0
9
1,207.3
New York 1,114
46,970.2
52
1,865.6
50
2,261.9
26
1,219.7
29
1,338.6
1,271
53,656.0
North Carolina 105
38,786.9
8
3,581.5
4
5,807.2
1
2,168.5
7
1,202.2
125
51,546.4
North Dakota 141
24,074.6
105
22,569.4
195
31,055.6
169
28,354.6
93
14,382.7
703
120,436.9
Ohio 319
19,985.2
15
611.4
31
2,319.7
15
1,514.9
17
1,121.9
397
25,553.1
Oklahoma 218
51,089.3
14
2,792.6
32
5,590.6
12
1,465.7
19
2,423.5
295
63,361.7
Oregon 138
45,212.3
11
7,090.3
11
7,392.0
3
379.0
5
3,251.1
168
63,324.7
Pennsylvania 80
2,100.9
8
1,274.5
27
1,425.8
38
1,899.5
30
1,766.2
183
8,466.9
Rhode Island 5
1,621.0




1
20.0
1
65.0
7
1,706.0
South Carolina 200
56,353.4


13
3,889.6
8
4,832.0
9
892.0
230
65,967.0
South Dakota 352
35,746.6
76
5,697.9
88
11,071.1
84
8,808.0
91
11,025.8
691
72,349.3
Tennessee 137
22,307.9
55
7,289.4
34
5,230.4
16
2,471.5
25
4,920.9
267
42,220.1
Texas 117
61,267.1


24
18,379.3
11
7,981.1
17
10,253.7
169
97,881.1
Utah 17
6,737.0


3
636.2




20
7,373.2
Vermont 17
1,403.8
23
1,089.2
9
883.8
4
121.2
4
214.7
57
3,712.6
Virginia 41
1,395.7
6
213.9
2
140.9
6
241.6
9
203.0
64
2,195.1
Washington 180
26,177.0
3
46.0
3
105.4
8
595.1
2
55.0
196
26,978.5
West Virginia 19
481.2
3
32.4
5
86.0
6
102.2
3
26.0
36
727.8
Wisconsin 515
47,241.4
31
6,992.1
26
2,348.1
18
1,731.6
24
1,950.2
614
60,263.4
Wyoming 89
4,661.6
13
852.4
18
3,507.9
2
18.8
8
656.2
130
9,696.8
Total 9,855
1,860,804.8
1,035
166,837.5
1,320
252,113.2
1,075
191,616.6
996
180,749.1
14,281
2,652,121.2
Notes:
• Data Source: National Easement Staging Tool (NEST) 10-4-12.
• Caribbean includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
• Hawaii/Pacific includes Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
• Prior year totals include FY 1992 through FY 2008 data.
• Enrollment acres are initially reported at the end of each fiscal year. Subsequent acreage reports for prior year enrollments are subject to change as acres are finalized through legal surveys, agreements are cancelled, or other modifications occur in the fiscal years following initial enrollment. Enrollment numbers for each year are based on acres in active and completed agreements as of the date the data was extracted.
• These data do not include EWRP enrollments.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over states due to rounding.

Conservation Practice Implementation

Conservation practices are planned and applied at the land unit level. The land unit is the smallest unit of land that has a permanent or contiguous boundary, a common land cover and land management, and a common owner or a common producer. The following tables include data for the fiscal years covered by the 2008 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act (2008 Farm Bill), 2009 through 2012.

As conservation practices are measured in different units (acres, feet, square feet, etc.), the challenge for reporting performance at various levels is how to aggregate across practices. Although practices may affect resources beyond the land unit boundary, or be applied only on part of the land unit, the land unit does provide a common metric to aggregate over practices since each applied practice is associated with a specific land unit. Analysis of the data reveals that most practices are measured in acres and most of the practice applied amounts match the land unit acres of the field on which the practice was applied. Therefore, land unit acreage is the metric on which the acres of land receiving conservation treatment are calculated.

The data presented in this section reflect the fiscal year in which conservation practices were applied, which can occur at any point during the duration of the WRP contract. Totals presented here are not comparable to program enrollment acres or contract acres.


Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation

The following table summarizes land unit acres by fiscal year. Here, land unit acres are counted once when the program has been used to apply one or more practices on that land unit in a given fiscal year. Therefore, land unit acres may be counted multiple times across fiscal years.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation (including practice count),
by Fiscal Year
WRP Practices
State 2009 2010 2011 2012
Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count
Alabama 639
72
387
74
1,587
143
7,933
403
Arizona 128
1






Arkansas 3,678
77
16,559
174
30,789
73
27,915
170
California 30,239
695
35,824
398
27,866
327
34,075
295
Colorado 5,770
119
7,264
105
5,037
43
6,615
73
Connecticut 157
2
643
21
169
15
815
10
Delaware 400
22
216
5
356
6
331
5
Florida 53,186
9
8,733
7
9,313
68
42,046
8
Georgia 2,734
24
3,523
63
2,749
28
2,593
46
Hawaii/Pacific 303
20
164
8
390
6
101
2
Idaho 343
15
252
19
504
4
868
12
Illinois 4,767
89
15,878
196
5,061
39
4,780
89
Indiana 6,883
198
3,746
188
7,452
338
7,691
347
Iowa 7,927
283
10,606
274
8,405
215
7,263
334
Kansas 1,092
68
2,230
141
3,600
111
5,160
219
Kentucky 1,274
215
1,646
245
2,110
187
1,602
277
Louisiana 7,995
260
5,725
278
14,233
805
30,959
1,332
Maine





208
4
Maryland 247
14
589
24
623
6
1,706
17
Massachusetts 33
8
66
4
15
2
41
12
Michigan 7,254
506
2,703
104
2,642
200
2,528
130
Minnesota 11,982
1,301
12,678
820
15,266
886
13,573
944
Mississippi 3,143
568
3,865
498
4,522
575
10,153
728
Missouri 5,855
285
7,772
321
6,585
363
12,083
511
Montana 6,049
42
5,049
29
1,102
16
4,213
37
Nebraska 9,146
152
13,041
262
8,579
265
16,182
302
New Hampshire 353
18
2,239
34
1,750
49
3,273
64
New Jersey 660
4
1,974
15
559
1
814
27
New Mexico

955
8
917
9
275
8
New York 2,675
242
2,165
182
1,675
85
2,368
163
North Carolina 59
12
3,058
57


3,563
30
North Dakota 1,807
70
13,451
453
16,984
1,197
34,732
1,480
Ohio 1,743
73
1,022
33
775
64
1,043
80
Oklahoma 10,116
141
8,372
89
11,378
145
5,151
114
Oregon 9,252
171
9,395
294
7,989
212
9,499
301
Pennsylvania 143
17
558
27
550
32
1,118
37
Rhode Island

117
4
2,200
4
50
1
South Carolina 7,579
60
2,455
16
4,216
51
1,064
13
South Dakota 6,379
195
5,771
166
13,310
395
10,260
388
Tennessee 944
122
1,789
55
2,302
143
7,186
382
Texas 9,745
92
14,584
84
9,134
48
15,861
53
Utah

926
22
1,021
14
1,057
7
Vermont 331
47
527
32
313
17
627
37
Virginia 73
13
48
20
109
13
394
51
Washington 1,914
159
1,617
61
983
57
3,274
134
West Virginia

5
2
1,482
7
1,551
12
Wisconsin 2,210
104
1,307
49
1,750
98
3,700
72
Wyoming 12,617
43
5,556
29
900
26
1,386
36
Total 239,823
6,628
237,053
5,990
239,249
7,388
349,677
9,797
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, National Conservation Planning Database, November 2012.
• Hawaii/Pacific includes Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
• Land unit acres may be counted multiple times across fiscal years.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over states due to rounding.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation by Practice

The following set of chart/table combinations present conservation practice data grouped by purpose: Fish and Wildlife Habitat, Water Quality, and Wetlands. Any practices not included in one of these groups are included in an All Other category. Data for practices in the All Other category can be downloaded in the Farm Bill Conservation Programs Profile csv file.

Note that there is some overlap between these groupings, since some practices address multiple resource concerns. Here land unit acres are counted each time a practice is applied on that land unit in the fiscal year. Therefore land unit acres may be counted multiple times across practices, practice groupings, and fiscal years. To learn more about specific conservation practices, see the National Handbook of Conservation Practices.


Conservation Practices Related to Fish and Wildlife

The following chart and table includes practices that are related to Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management. The environment that NRCS helps its clients conserve, maintain, and improve is also habitat for fish and wildlife and other biological resources. While every practice and management action taken on the land has some effect on biological resources, the following practices are specifically related to fish and wildlife habitat.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation, FY 2009-2012

Only practices representing a significant portion of the total for the period are included in the above chart. Practices not included are summed into the All Other category.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation (including practice count) by Fiscal Year
WRP Fish and Wildlife Practices
Practice Name Practice Code 2009 2010 2011 2012
Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count
Conservation Cover 327 15,120
278
11,480
177
15,221
451
31,109
561
Riparian Herbaceous Cover 390 7
1
1,318
8
9
2
551
6
Riparian Forest Buffer 391 650
18
1,306
30
1,929
22
1,375
21
Stream Habitat Improvement and Management 395 1,362
43
2,639
8
208
4
915
12
Aquatic Organism Passage 396 68
3
205
1
36
2
975
4
Hedgerow Planting 422 49
1
31
4
243
2
656
3
Access Control 472 13,743
147
7,247
142
7,651
153
21,356
383
Streambank and Shoreline Protection 580 137
7
1,517
3
1,473
7
2,727
9
Restoration and Management of Rare or Declining Habitats 643 4,375
128
12,673
143
5,704
120
8,138
245
Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management 644 82,940
1,407
73,757
1,016
61,377
1,070
63,994
1,178
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management 645 33,047
597
26,071
470
27,973
498
46,107
571
Shallow Water Development and Management 646 5,053
107
22,288
141
17,877
423
29,706
288
Early Successional Habitat Development/Management 647 1,416
59
1,305
31
2,375
41
2,585
74
Wetland Restoration 657 144,127
1,672
132,881
1,883
107,579
2,282
220,643
2,950
Wetland Creation 658 12,806
19
8,650
57
3,901
40
2,766
34
Wetland Enhancement 659 43,660
385
53,735
443
71,181
515
100,200
1,041
Total 358,560
4,872
357,104
4,557
324,736
5,632
533,803
7,380
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, National Conservation Planning Database, November 2012.
• Watering Facility (614) is not included in the above table. It is included for the purposes of this report in the All Other Practices category.
• Land unit acres may be counted multiple times across fiscal years.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over states due to rounding.

Conservation Practices Related to Water Quality

The following chart and table includes practices that are related to Water Quality. Water quality is an indicator of the health of our environment and reflects what occurs on the land. The primary water quality issues from agriculture are sediment, nutrients, pesticides, pathogens, and in some parts of the country, salinity. Using conservation practices to improve land in an environmentally sound manner will result in better water quality for drinking, recreation, wildlife, fisheries and industry.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation, FY 2009-2012

Only practices representing a significant portion of the total for the period are included in the above chart. Practices not included are summed into the All Other category.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation (including practice count) by Fiscal Year
WRP Water Quality Practices
Practice Name Practice Code 2009 2010 2011 2012
Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count
Channel Bank Vegetation 322





982
3
Conservation Cover 327 15,120
278
11,480
177
15,221
451
31,109
561
Cover Crop 340 1,202
9
285
4
757
12
1,784
19
Critical Area Planting 342 6,574
123
9,270
119
8,067
115
12,727
148
Sediment Basin 350



71
2


Water Well Decommissioning 351 6
1




147
2
Waste Facility Closure 360



96
1


Diversion 362 114
1




47
2
Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment 380 409
3


218
4
18
1
Riparian Herbaceous Cover 390 7
1
1,318
8
9
2
551
6
Riparian Forest Buffer 391 650
18
1,306
30
1,929
22
1,375
21
Filter Strip 393 231
1
92
1
21
1
3
1
Stream Habitat Improvement and Management 395 1,362
43
2,639
8
208
4
915
12
Grade Stabilization Structure 410 622
9
283
5
77
1
1,245
11
Grassed Waterway 412

24
1


10
1
Access Control 472 13,743
147
7,247
142
7,651
153
21,356
383
Mulching 484 792
11
477
22
1,112
24
4,824
46
Prescribed Grazing 528 4,835
43
10,633
29
5,834
51
5,973
29
Drainage Water Management 554

7
1




Access Road 560 6,308
53
3,251
26
2,349
27
8,373
50
Heavy Use Area Protection 561 5,933
9
497
3
1,271
3
84
3
Stream Crossing 578 729
3
268
4
646
4
4,331
16
Streambank and Shoreline Protection 580 137
7
1,517
3
1,473
7
2,727
9
Structure for Water Control 587 18,567
188
19,796
163
21,916
170
20,514
209
Nutrient Management 590 1,988
14
333
4
926
19
3,278
57
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) 595 18,966
247
21,969
272
18,845
437
20,057
374
Tree/Shrub Establishment 612 19,477
250
113,797
290
24,024
261
48,620
390
Water and Sediment Control Basin 638



583
4
472
5
Constructed Wetland 656





17
1
Wetland Restoration 657 144,127
1,672
132,881
1,883
107,579
2,282
220,643
2,950
Wetland Creation 658 12,806
19
8,650
57
3,901
40
2,766
34
Wetland Enhancement 659 43,660
385
53,735
443
71,181
515
100,200
1,041
Total 318,364
3,535
401,756
3,695
295,962
4,612
515,145
6,385
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, National Conservation Planning Database, November 2012.
• Land unit acres may be counted multiple times across fiscal years.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over states due to rounding.

Conservation Practices Related to Wetlands

The following chart and table includes practices that are related to Wetlands. Healthy wetland ecosystems function to modulate drought and floods, provide wildlife habitat, filter pollutants, retain sediment, store carbon, and cycle nutrients. The goal of the wetland conservation practices is to restore, enhance and protect the quality and quantity of wetlands.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation, FY 2009-2012
Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation (including practice count) by Fiscal Year
WRP Wetlands Practices
Practice Name Practice Code 2009 2010 2011 2012
Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count
Wetland Restoration 657 144,127
1,672
132,881
1,883
107,579
2,282
220,643
2,950
Wetland Creation 658 12,806
19
8,650
57
3,901
40
2,766
34
Wetland Enhancement 659 43,660
385
53,735
443
71,181
515
100,200
1,041
Total 200,592
2,076
195,267
2,383
182,660
2,837
323,608
4,025
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, National Conservation Planning Database, November 2012.
• Land unit acres may be counted multiple times across fiscal years.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over states due to rounding.

More Information

The data in this report can be downloaded here.


For more information about NRCS Conservation Programs, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/

Citation for this website:
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI) April 2013
Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS) December 2011
National Easement Staging Tool (NEST) October 2011 and October 2012
National Conservation Planning Database November 2012
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, DC. 16 May 2013*
<http://soils.usda.gov/survey/rca/viewer/reports/fb08_cp_wrp.html>

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