Wetlands were restored or enhanced on 2,829 acres through 30 easements at a value of more than $14 million in Iowa during FY2013 with assistance from the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). These restored wetlands provide important flood reduction as well as wildlife habitat and other environmental benefits. More than 175,000 acres have been restored or are in the process of being restored under wetland easement programs in Iowa since 1992.
NRCS accepts and processes WRP applications on a continuous basis. However, NRCS sets dates to prioritize applications as funding allows. The first batching and ranking of applications for fiscal year 2014 is Oct. 4, 2013. Contact your local NRCS office for more details.