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20 Years of Conservation Success Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)

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20 Years of Conservation Success:
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)

More than half of all wetland acres in the continental United States have been lost.  This loss is attributed to many different causes―land use changes, erosion, subsidence, and storms to name a few.

Image of Wetlands

Wetlands are important for many reasons.  They prevent flooding by holding water; they provide critical habitat for many different species of animals, birds, and insects; they help recycle nutrients; and they filter and cleanse water that flows through them. 

Image of Wetlands

During the past 20 years, private landowners have worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and our partners―Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mississippi River Trust, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and others―to make significant progress in restoring wetlands across America.  Over 2.3 million acres have been enrolled nationwide by private landowners in NRCS' Wetlands Reserve Program―over 253,703 of these acres are in Louisiana.

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To accelerate and enhance field delivery of the Wetlands Reserve Program in Louisiana, a team of conservation specialists was formed to work with NRCS District Conservationists on the Wetlands Reserve Program.  This team will assist with application ranking, plan development, coordination of restoration and enhancements, compatible use reviews, as well as other program activities.

WRP Team Members
Marlin Jordan, WRP Team Leader
Cell:  (318) 613-7746
Office:  (318) 728-4451, Ext. 121

Andrew James, Wildlife Biologist
(318) 387-8683, Ext. 25

Buddy Smith, Civil Engineer
(318) 387-8683, Ext. 15

Jackie Millicks, Soil Conservationist
(318) 473-7748

Roger Snowberger, Soil Conservation Technician
(318) 387-8683, Ext. 16

For more information on the Wetlands Reserve Program, contact a Wetlands Reserve Program team member or your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office or Soil and Water Conservation District.


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What is the
Wetlands Reserve Program?

The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) provides technical and financial assistance to eligible landowners to address wetland, wildlife habitat, soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on private agricultural land.  The program provides financial incentives to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. 

The enrollment options for landowners are permanent easements, 30-year easements, and a restoration cost-share agreement, as well as 30-year contracts on acreage owned by Indian tribes.

Wetlands Reserve Program Links

Video:  Learn about the Wetlands Reserve Program by watching a short Wetlands Reserve Program video.

Publication:  A new publication commemorating 20 years of the Wetlands Reserve Program is now available for downloading on NRCS' website. The publication, “Restoring America’s Wetlands: A Private Lands Conservation Success Story,” features statistics, landowner quotes, success stories and scenic photos of NRCS wetlands work from across the country.

Website:  NRCS LA





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To find out more about this conservation opportunity and more, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service:  Office Locator