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Wetlands Reserve Program Call for Applications

Contact:
Holly L. Martien
318-473-7762


First Application Evaluation Period for FY 2014 Funding Ends July 19, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, March 15, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is soliciting applications from landowners interested in restoring or enhancing wetlands on private agricultural land in Louisiana through the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP).  In order to be considered in the first WRP application evaluation period for fiscal year 2014, interested agricultural producers are encouraged to visit their local NRCS office as soon as possible.  The first application evaluation period for Fiscal Year 2014 WRP funding ends July 19, 2013.

The Wetlands Reserve Program provides financial incentives to landowners to restore their land to its natural wetland condition with an emphasis on enhancing wildlife habitats and environmental benefits.   

“Landowners who are looking for the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property should consider the Wetlands Reserve Program,” said Acting State Conservationist Britt Paul.  “I encourage any landowner who may be interested to visit their local NRCS office and submit an application for funding.”

The Wetlands Reserve Program is a national program authorized by the Farm Bill to assist eligible landowners restore, create, protect, and enhance wetlands on their property.  Participation in this program is voluntary, and restoration is accomplished in an environmentally safe, cost-effective manner.

For more information about WRP or other technical or financial assistance programs offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, please contact your nearest USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.   To locate your nearest USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office, visit http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov or look in the telephone directory under “United States Government.”

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