To offer a conservation easement, the landowner must have owned the land for at least 7 years prior to enrolling the land in the program unless the land was inherited or the landowner can prove the land was not obtained for the purpose of enrolling it in the program. To participate in a restoration cost-share agreement, the landowner must show evidence of ownership.
To be eligible for WRP land must be restorable and be suitable for wildlife benefits. This includes:
Wetlands farmed under natural conditions;
Prior converted cropland
Farmed wetland pasture
Farmland that has become a wetland as a result of flooding
Rangeland, pasture, or production forestland where the hydrology has been significantly degraded and can be restored
Riparian areas which link protected wetlands
Lands adjacent to protected wetlands that contribute significantly to wetland functions and values and
Previously restored wetlands (Conservation Reserve Program [CRP] land is eligible if it meets WRP requirements)
Ineligible land includes wetlands converted after December 23, 1985; lands with timber stands established under a CRP contract; Federal lands; and lands where conditions make restoration impossible.