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Tim Ouellette

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Applications for Wetlands Habitat Improvement Accepted until March 17

 


Bozeman--The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing funding for the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) to enter into agreements with eligible partners to carry out high priority wetland protection, restoration and enhancement activities on eligible lands.

“Nationally, up to $17 million is available through general WREP for wetlands restoration and enhancements on a competitive basis,” said Joyce Swartzendruber, NRCS state conservationist for Montana. “Eligible partners are encouraged to submit WREP proposals to our state office by March 17, 2012. Recommended proposals will be forwarded to the national NRCS office for review, ranking and final selection.”

WREP is a voluntary conservation program that works through partnership agreements with states, nongovernmental organizations and tribes. It is a component of the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) through which NRCS enters into agreements with eligible partners to leverage resources to carry out high priority wetland protection and improve wildlife habitat.

General WREP proposals may be submitted by eligible partners for individual projects, watershed-wide or larger geographical areas to the Montana NRCS office at Federal Building, Room 443, 10 East Babcock Street, Bozeman, MT 59715 or lisa.cole@mt.usda.gov, by March 17, 2012. Proposals submitted by fax or through the www.grants.gov Web site will not be accepted.

Benefits to the partners in WREP agreements include:

  • Involvement in wetland restoration in high priority areas;
  • Ability to cost-share restoration or enhancement components beyond those required by NRCS;
  • Ability to participate in management or monitoring of selected project locations; and
  • Opportunity to utilize innovative restoration methods and practices.

WREP partners are required to contribute a financial or technical assistance fund match.

For more additional information about WREP or to apply, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov or contact Lisa Cole, WREP program manager, at 587-6970 or email: lisa.cole@mt.usda.gov.

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