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2012 Wetlands Reserve Program

 

Two turtles sitting on a log in a wetland.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.

Flood Damage Recovery Assistance through WRP

FrogLandowners 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.

News Release: USDA Agencies Offer Flood Recovery Assistance to Montana Farmers, Ranchers
Fact Sheet: 2011-2012 Flood Damage Recovery Special Initiatives

The first funding cutoff date for producers to sign-up for Flood Damage Recovery Assistance through WRP is November 11, 2011 and the second cutoff date will be June 1, 2012.

Public Notices

Prior-Year WRP (Archives)

For More Information

For more information and updates about the WRP, please also refer to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Web site 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