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Deadline for WREP Partner Proposals Feb. 10

DES MOINES, IA—USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Iowa Conservationist Richard Sims announced today the availability of Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) funding to enter into agreements with eligible partners to carry out high priority wetland protection, restoration and enhancement activities on eligible lands. WREP, a voluntary conservation program, was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill.

"Nationally, up to $17 million is available through General WREP for wetlands restoration and enhancements on a competitive basis," said Sims. "Eligible partners are encouraged to submit WREP proposals to our state office by Feb. 10. The proposals will be evaluated by Iowa NRCS staff using a competitive process with recommended proposals being forwarded to the national NRCS office for review, ranking and final selection."

General WREP proposals may be submitted for individual projects in a watershed or larger geographical area. States and local units of government, Indian tribes and nongovernmental organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code may submit written proposals to Richard Sims, Iowa NRCS, 693 Federal Building, 210 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 or by emailingrichard.sims@ia.usda.gov until Feb. 10. Proposals submitted by fax or through thewww.grants.gov website will NOT be accepted. 

Benefits to the partners in WREP Agreements include:

  • Involvement in wetland restoration in high priority areas;
  • Ability to cost-share restoration or enhancement components beyond those required by NRCS;
  • Ability to participate in management or monitoring of selected project locations; and
  • Opportunity to utilize innovative restoration methods and practices. 

WREP partners are required to contribute a financial or technical assistance fund match. 

For more additional information about General WREP or to apply, visitwww.ia.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/WRP.html.

This announcement is for submission of General WREP proposals. WREP proposals associated with the Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI-WREP) are being solicited under a separate Request for Proposals (RFP) which is expected to be published in the Federal Register this month.

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Contact: Monica Monk, Iowa NRCS Easements Program Coordinator, 515-323-2637