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Contact: Dean Kwasny, Acting Assistant State Conservationist-Programs

(208) 378-5703


NRCS Funding Available for Wetlands Protection and Habitat Improvement Projects

Proposals Due February 10, 2012

For More Information:
Alexis Collins, Public Affairs Specialist: 208.685.6978
 

Western Grebe on a nest on Cave Lake, in Kootenai County, Idaho

BOISE, ID January 23, 2012 – Up to $17 million is available nationwide for wetland protection, restoration and enhancement work through the USDA's Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP).  Proposals for Idaho projects must be submitted by February 10, 2012 to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Idaho State Office in Boise.

"WREP is a voluntary conservation program that works through partnership agreements" said Jeff Burwell, Idaho State Conservationist.  "Partners can leverage their resources to carry out high-priority wetland protection projects and improve wildlife habitat."

WREP agreements benefit partners by:

  • Increasing capacity to restore wetlands in high-priority areas;
  • Providing cost-share restoration or enhancement components beyond those required by NRCS;
  • Participating in managing or monitoring selected project locations; and
  • Creating opportunities to use innovative restoration methods and practices.

Eligible partners may submit general WREP proposals for individual, watershed-wide or larger geographical area projects by February 10, 2012.  Applicants must submit an electronic proposal to Clint Evans at Clinton.Evans@id.nrcs.usda.gov and two hard copies to Natural Resources Conservation Service, 9173 W. Barnes Drive, Suite C, Boise, Idaho 83709-1574 to the attention of Clint Evans.  Proposals must follow the template outlined in the WREP proposal requirements document posted on http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/wrep/index.html.  If submitting more than one proposal, send each proposal separately.

WREP partners are required to contribute a financial or technical assistance fund match.  States, nongovernmental organizations and tribes, as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are eligible partners.

NRCS will evaluate the proposals at the state level.  Recommended proposals will then compete nationally for final selection and funding.

"This is a great opportunity for Idaho stakeholders to carry out high-priority wetland protection and improve wildlife habitat," Burwell said.  "WREP is an important conservation tool and I encourage everyone who is interested in applying to send us their proposals as soon as possible."

For more information about WREP, visit http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/wrep/index.htm. or contact Clint Evans, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, 208-378-5703 or Clinton.Evans@id.usda.gov.

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