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2011 Wetlands Reserve Program

 

The Natural Resources Conservation Service accepts conservation program applications year-round.

Two turtles sitting on a log in a wetland.

Flood Damage Recovery Assistance through WRP
Landowners interested in permanent easements may be able to enroll wetland acres into the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). NRCS is looking for sites on agricultural land where former wetlands have been drained, altered, or manipulated. Once under an easement or a contract, the land can no longer be cropped, but haying and grazing may be permissible through a wetland management plan to maintain riparian functions. The first funding cutoff date for producers to sign-up for WRP is November 11, 2011 and the second cutoff date will be June 1, 2012.

News Release: USDA Agencies Offer Flood Recovery Assistance to Montana Farmers, Ranchers
Fact Sheet: 2011 Flood Damage Recovery Special Initiatives

FrogWhat is WRP?

The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a voluntary conservation program that offers landowners the means to restore, enhance, and protect wetlands on their property through permanent easements, 30 year easements, or Land Treatment Contracts.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is looking for sites on agricultural land where former wetlands have been drained, altered, or manipulated by man.  The landowner must be interested in restoring the wetland and then protecting the site.

Once under an easement or a contract, the land can no longer be cropped. Haying and grazing may be used as a tool through a wetland management plan as determined by NRCS to maintain or improve wildlife habitat.

Prior-Year WRP (Archives)

For More Information

For more information and updates about the WRP, please refer to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Web site, the national NRCS Web site, your local USDA Service Center, or contact one of the Montana NRCS personnel listed below.


Contacts

Lisa Cole, Program Specialist
Phone: 406-587-6970
Email: Lisa.Cole

Tim Ouellette, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: 406-587-6794
Email: Tim.Ouellette