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Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) Options

Permanent Easement.  A conservation easement in perpetuity.  The easement payment will be the lesser of:  the agricultural value of the land, an established payment cap, or an amount offered by the landowner.  In addition to the purchase price, USDA pays 100 percent of the cost incurred to restore the wetland.

30-Year Easement.  A conservation easement lasting 30 years. The easement payment is 75 percent of what would be paid for a permanent easement. In addition to the purchase price, USDA also pays 75 percent of the cost incurred to restore the wetland.

Restoration Cost-Share Agreement. An agreement (generally for a minimum of 10 years in duration) to re-establish degraded or lost wetland habitat. USDA pays 75 percent of the cost incurred to restore the wetland. The landowner provides the restoration site without reimbursement; an easement is not placed on the land.