Sign-up Underway for WRP and GRP 5-30-13
Sign-up Underway for Wetlands Reserve Program and Grassland Reserve Program
AUBURN, Ala., May 30, 2013 –USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett announced June 7, 2013, as the cut-off date for the ranking period for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and Grassland Reserve Program (GRP).
A new round of funding authorizes $255 million to enroll up to 100,000 additional acres into WRP and $47 million to enroll up to 200,000 additional acres into GRP, both nationwide.
Although applications are accepted all year, producers should submit applications by June 7 to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding. NRCS field offices are listed in the telephone directory under U.S. Department of Agriculture or on-line at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov.
The Wetlands Reserve Program helps landowners restore and protect wetland ecosystems on private and tribal lands. They may select a permanent or 30-year easement or a restoration cost-share agreement, retaining ownership of the land once the agreement is in place. More than 11,000 private landowners participating in WRP are already protecting more than 2.6 million acres of America's wetlands.
Through the Grassland Reserve Program, landowners and managers apply for conservation easements or rental agreements that support conservation of working grazing operations, enhancement of plant and animal biodiversity, and protection of grassland under threat of conversion to other uses.