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USDA Funding Available for Wetland Protection, Restoration

Contact:
Wade Brown, State Easement Coordinator
208.685.6987


Additional Contact:
Alexis Collins, Public Affairs Specialist: 208.685.6978

Western Grebe on a nest in northern Idaho
BOISE, Idaho, May 24, 2013 – Private landowners interested in improving, restoring or protecting wetlands on marginal agricultural land may benefit from the Wetland Reserve Program offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The program offers funding to reestablish previously drained or degraded wetlands. Applications for 2013 Wetlands Reserve Program funding must be received by June 14, 2013.

“Wetlands play a critical role in improving our environment - they filter out pollutants from our water, prevent floods, and control erosion,” said Wade Brown, Idaho NRCS easement coordinator. “This program provides incentives to farmers and ranchers to return farmlands that were previously wetlands back to their original wetland state.”

The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program that compensates farmers, ranchers and other private landowners for placing former wetlands into conservation easements. It also provides cost-share funding for restoring and enhancing wetlands. NRCS provides easement payments, restoration cost-share assistance, and technical guidance.

Landowners may select either a permanent easement or 30-year easement. They keep the title to the land and the right to control access and recreational use. The land remains on the tax rolls.

The Wetland Reserve Program has enrolled approximately 2.5 million acres nationwide since it was created in 1994.

For more information on the Wetlands Reserve Program, contact your local NRCS office or visit http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/wrp/index.html.


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