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WRP 2009 Annual Report

Wetlands Reserve Program 2009

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. This program offers landowners an opportunity to establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices and protection.

Highlights - 2009

  • 175,255 acres on 355, permanent easements
  • 17,201 acres on 65, 30-year easements
  • 811 acres on 10, 10-year agreements
  • 193,267 total acres on 430 projects
  • Projects in 40 counties in each region of the state
  • In southwest Arkansas, about 30,000 acres have been restored in the area surrounding the Red River
  • In southeast Arkansas, wetland work is reducing soil erosion and improving water quality
  • In northwest Arkansas, WRP addresses farm nutrient runoff
  • In northeast Arkansas, NRCS and the Fish and Wildlife Service are re-establishing bottomland hardwood forests
Conservation Practice Practices Installed Amount Installed
Access Control 2 337 acres
Conservation Cover 1 3 acres
Dike 7 4,656 feet
Shallow Water Development and Management 4 80 acres
Structure for Water Control 5 7 structures
Tree/Shrub Establishment 29 2,288 acres
Tree/Shrub Preparation 4 1,350 acres
Wetland Restoration 15 3,123 acres
Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management 10 2,430 acres


Arkansas 2009 WRP Easements

County 2009 Easements Funded 2009 Dollar Value
Ashley 1 $581,800
Conway 2 $2,269,000
Crawford 3 $530,000
Dallas 1 $327,000
Greene 1 $701,000
Jackson 1 $151,000
Johnson 1 $33,000
Lafayette 2 $363,000
Lee 2 $132,000
Lonoke 1 $239,000
Monroe 3 $1,194,000
White 1 $54,000
Totals 19 $6,574,800