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Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)

Easement Program Funding Expiration - Update

The Agricultural Act of 2014 establishes the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).

It repeals FRPP, GRP, and WRP but does not affect the validity or terms of any FRPP, GRP, or WRP contract, agreement or easement entered into prior to the date of enactment on February 7, 2014 or any associated payments required to be made in connection with an existing FRPP, GRP, or WRP contract, agreement or easement.

For more information on ACEP, please visit the ACEP web page.

The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a voluntary program for the restoration and protection of wetlands on private property. Technical and financial assistance is provided in return for placing a conservation easement on the property either permanently or for a  period of 30 years. Financial assistance is provided to landowners for restoration and enhancement practices that are implemented on the WRP easement.

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General Information

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The NRCS Wetlands Reserve Program
Wetlands Reserve Program "At a glance"
Interim Final Rule for WRP

National WRP Web page

The WRP in Michigan

Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program

Funding Applications for Wetlands Habitat Improvement Accepted until Feb. 10, 2012

News Release for 2012 WREP Program

The Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program provides grants to partner organizations for managing land enrolled in WRP or for assisting landowners in enrolling new land into WRP.

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2012 Request for Proposals

Easement Compensation

Compensation to landowners who enter land into conservation easements is the lower of two amounts:

  • Geographic Area Rate Cap as determined by market analysis

  • Landowner Offer

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FY 2013 Geographic Area Rate Caps - (text & map)

2012 Application and Ranking Information
Ranking

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Landowner Information Package
Application (CPA-1200)
2012 WRP Ranking
Landowner Questionnaire

Contract Provisions

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Conservation Program Contract (NRCS-CPA-1202)
Conservation Program Contract Appendix (NRCS-CPA-1202 Appendix)
Form SF 1199 Direct Deposit
Form SF 1199 Direct Deposit (Spanish)

Compatible Uses

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Compatible Use Authorization Request

Monitoring

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Annual Monitoring Worksheet

USDA Service Center-Forms Web Site - for instructions and information

Easement Forms

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Sample Agreement for Purchase of Conservation Easement
Mortgage Security Subordination Agreement
Sample Warranty Easement Deed