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.
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.
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.
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
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.