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WRP 2008 Annual Report

Wetlands Reserve Program 2008

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 - 2008

  • 173,765 acres on 350 permanent easements
  • 17,201 acres on 65, 30-year easements
  • 811 acres on 10, 10-year agreements
  • 191,777 total acres on 425 projects
  • Wetland 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