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Deadline Set for WRP Sign-Up

February 22, 2012

Salina, Kansas, February 8, 2012?“A sign-up approval date has been set for Wednesday, February 22, 2012, for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP),” said Eric B. Banks, State Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

WRP applications that have been determined eligible and have had site visits and ranking worksheets completed will be considered for fiscal year (FY) 2012 funding on February 22. Applications that have a WRP ranking worksheet score of 50 or higher will be approved for WRP funding as long as WRP funds remain available.

“Kansas received $1.7 million for new enrollments for FY 2012,” said Banks.

Importance of Wetlands

Wetlands support diverse populations of wildlife and plants. They supply life-sustaining habitat for hundreds of species, including many of the nation’s endangered and threatened species. They provide a protective flood buffer, and they help protect water quality by filtering out pollutants. They also improve aesthetics and offer recreational opportunities.

Fields Eligible for WRP

Fields that frequently flood and fields where it is difficult to produce crops because of wet conditions are good candidates for WRP. Banks encourages private landowners in Kansas with land that might qualify to consider the program, including landowners who showed an earlier interest in the program but who felt the compensation offered was inadequate. Current maximum payment rates are available on the Kansas NRCS Web site: www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/wrp/

Assistance Available

WRP provides technical and financial assistance to landowners to restore wetlands; improve wildlife habitat; and address soil, water, and natural resource concerns on private lands. The voluntary program strives to restore wetland functions and values and to optimize wildlife habitat benefits on every acre enrolled.

For More Information

If you need more information about WRP, please contact your local USDA Service Center or conservation district. To find a service center, go to the Web site: offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app or listed in the telephone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture. Follow us on Twitter at @NRCS_Kansas. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.