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NRCS funding available for wetland protection and habitat improvement projects in Massachusetts

Contact:
Diane Baedeker Petit, Public Affairs Officer
413-253-4371


Proposals Due February 10th

wetlandAMHERST, Mass. (January 24, 2012) - The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a funding opportunity for wetland protection, restoration and enhancement activities on eligible lands in Massachusetts. Proposals for projects are due by February 10, 2012. Funding comes through the agency's Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP), with up to $17 million available nationwide.

"This is a great opportunity for Massachusetts stakeholders to carry out high-priority wetland protection and improve wildlife habitat," Christine Clarke, NRCS Massachusetts State Conservationist said. "WREP is an important conservation tool and I encourage everyone who is interested in applying to send us their proposals as soon as possible."

WREP is a voluntary conservation program that works through partnership agreements with states, nongovernmental organizations and tribes, as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. WREP is a component of the Wetlands Reserve Program through which NRCS enters into agreements with eligible partners to leverage resources to carry out high-priority wetland protection and improve wildlife habitat.

Benefits to partners in WREP agreements include:

  • Wetland Restoration in high-priority areas;
  • The ability to cost-share restoration or enhancement components beyond those required by NRCS;
  • Participating in management or monitoring of selected project locations; and
  • Opportunities to use innovative restoration methods and practices.

Eligible partners may submit general WREP proposals for individual, watershed-wide or larger geographical area projects. WREP partners are required to contribute a financial or technical assistance fund match.

State NRCS staffs will use a competitive process to evaluate the proposals. Recommended proposals will then be competed nationally for final selection and funding.

For more information about WREP and details on how to submit a proposal, visit www.ma.nrcs.usda.gov or contact Ruthie Davis, Program Specialist, at 413-253-4356 or ruthie.davis@ma.usda.gov.

The following documents require Acrobat Reader.

WREP 2012 Announcement- download the detailed program announcement for information on how to submit proposals.
WREP 2012 Proposal Requirements
WREP 2012 Proposal Evaluation Criteria

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