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News - WRP Partnership Proposals Accepted Through February 15

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WRP Partnership Proposals Accepted Through February 15

$17 million available nationwide for partnership proposals aimed at enhancing wetland restoration efforts

Contacts:
Jonathan Groveman (530) 792-5692
Dean Kwasny (530) 792-5648

DAVIS, Calif., January 12, 2012—The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has set Feb. 15, 2012, as the deadline for Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) proposals. WREP is a nationally-competitive program and a component of NRCS’s popular Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP).

Nationwide, $17 million will be made available through two different options: 1) $15 million in financial assistance funds that result in new enrollments with landowners in specified areas identified by successful applicants, and 2) $2 million for technical assistance including administrative needs, restoration design expertise, and ecological monitoring of existing enrolled acreage.

"This is a unique opportunity for NRCS to work hand-in-hand with our partners to expand and enhance wetlands restoration work on private lands in watersheds or specific geographic areas for the benefit of wildlife and other natural resources," said Ed Burton, NRCS California state conservationist.

The financial assistance funding must result in new enrollments of eligible land under a permanent easement, a 30-year easement, a 30-year contract on acreage owned by Indian Tribes, or a restoration cost-share agreement. Financial assistance funds will be provided directly to the eligible landowner through an agreement or contract, or will be provided to the partner for actual implementation of restoration or management activities.

Only states and local units of government, Indian Tribes and non-governmental organizations are eligible to submit a proposal. If eligible partners are interested in competing for funds under both options, they must submit separate financial assistance and technical assistance proposals for consideration.

WREP partners are required to contribute between five and 20 percent as a financial assistance match or 50 percent as a technical assistance match. All projects funded through WREP must meet all WRP eligibility and program requirements and all transactions will be processed through normal contracting procedures.

The WREP announcement, detailing all application criteria, can be located at http://directives.sc.egov.usda.gov/viewerFS.aspx?hid=31149. Completed proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2012, and should be mailed to Attn: Dean Kwasny, NRCS California State Office, 430 G Street, Davis, CA 95616, or can be faxed to 530-792-5792.

For questions regarding WREP, eligible partners should contact Dean Kwasny, NRCS California easement coordinator at 530-792-5648 or dean.kwasny@ca.usda.gov.

Since its inception in 1935, NRCS has worked in partnership with private landowners and a variety of local, state and federal conservation partners to deliver conservation based on specific, local needs.

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