Landowners: Sign Up Today for Funding for Colorado NRCS Wetlands, Grasslands Conservation Programs
Application Deadline: June 7, 2013
May 30, 2013
DENVER – The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado is seeking applications from landowners interested in funding for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP). The deadline for landowners to submit applications for either program is June 7, 2013.
“Approximately $3.3 million is available in GRP funds,” said Randy Randall, Acting State Conservationist, Colorado NRCS. “These funds will be targeted for easements that benefit Gunnison Sage Grouse habitat and protection, so applications from this area will receive high priority.”
Through GRP, 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.
The WRP is a statewide program and the NRCS can enroll limited acres this year. The 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.
Landowners interested in these voluntary programs should contact their local NRCS office. More information about WRP and GRP can be found by visiting the NRCS website at www.co.nrcs.usda.gov.