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USDA Announces General Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program Funding

Funding

Applications Accepted until Friday, February 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

Salina, KS, January 18, 2012—USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Kansas State Conservationist Eric B. Banks announced recently the availability of General 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.

“Nationally, up to $17 million is available through General WREP for wetlands restoration and enhancements on a competitive basis,” said Banks. “Eligible partners are encouraged to submit WREP proposals to our state office by Friday, February 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m.”

The proposals will be evaluated by Kansas NRCS staff using a competitive process with recommended proposals being forwarded to the national NRCS office for review, ranking and final selection.”

WREP is a voluntary conservation program that works through partnership agreements with states, nongovernmental organizations and tribes. It is a component of the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) through which NRCS enters into agreements with eligible partners to leverage resources to carry out high priority wetland protection and improve wildlife habitat.

Submitting Proposals

General WREP proposals may be submitted by eligible partners for individual projects, watershed-wide, 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.

Applicants must submit electronic proposals to lynn.thurlow@ks.usda.gov and two (2) hard copies to Natural Resources Conservation Service, ATTN: Lynn E. Thurlow, 760 South Broadway, Salina, Kansas 67401-4604, by close of business 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 10, 2012. If submitting more than one proposal, submit each proposal separately. Proposals submitted by fax or through the www.grants.gov website will NOT be accepted.

Partner Benefits

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.
  • Opportunity to utilize innovative restoration methods and practices.

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

Additional Information

For more additional information about General WREP or to apply, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov or www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov or contact Lynn E. Thurlow, Soil Conservationist, at 785-823-4548.

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 in January 2012.

For information about other NRCS conservation programs, visit www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov/programs, or visit the nearest USDA Service Center in your area.