Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP)
Interested agricultural producers should contact their local Louisiana NRCS field office.
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) authorization for fiscal year 2013. States can now accept new applications for WREP; however funding for enrolling new applications into the program is currently pending. Current enrollments will continue to be processed.
The Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) partnership enrollment targets and leverages resources to address high-priority wetland protection, restoration, and enhancement objectives through agreements with states, non-governmental organizations, and Indian tribes. Landowners must still meet the general eligibility requirements for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). However, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is able to use WREP Partnerships to obtain assistance with easement management activities. To learn more about WRP please visit the Louisiana WRP Website or the National WRP Website.
In FY 2013, if both General WREP and MRBI-WREP are made available, the dates for proposal solicitation, submission, review, selection, agreement development, and obligation timelines will be aligned. As of now, activity on new or existing WREP agreements will be limited to implementation on existing enrollments (closing, restoration, monitoring).
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MRBI WREP Success Story – Saving the Farm
The Bayou Lafourche Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (MRBI WREP) was established to help agricultural producers in Louisiana’s Boeuf River Watershed protect and enhance critical wetland habitats on private lands by reducing erosion, sediment load and subsequent water quality issues. The lead sponsor for this project is the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry-Office of Soil and Water Conservation.
Producer Donald Williams enrolled 90 acres of marginal cropland into the MRBI WREP, and thanks to the financial assistance provided through the initiative, Mr. Williams will be able to continue farming, while converting the offered land into a bottomland hardwood forest that his children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy.
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Additional information can be obtained by contacting your local Louisiana NRCS field office.