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Wetland Restoration, Management, and Compatible Use | NRCS NEDC

Wetland Restoration, Management, and Compatible Use (000082)

Overview

NRCS has assumed responsibility for the long-term management of over 1.1 million acres under Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) easements. The management goal on these lands is for wildlife benefit, primarily migratory birds (Neotropical migratory birds, waterfowl, and shorebirds), and threatened and endangered species. This course will provide wetland restorationists with information and skills on advanced restoration and enhancement techniques needed to restore high quality wetlands to meet WRP policy. Topics will vary in these sessions by geographic region but will include identification of compatible use practices beneficial to wildlife in grassland and forest settings, identification of contaminants, wetland management, monitoring, and more.

Objectives

Upon completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • Define and explain WRP monitoring and management policy.
  • Define WRP statutory requirements and policy on compatible use practices.
  • Develop compatible use plans that benefit targeted wildlife and achieve WRP program objectives.
  • Provide technical guidance to field staff so they can assist landowners with compatible use requests.
  • List habitat requirements and management practices to benefit migratory birds and other species of concern. 
  • Locate sources of potential hazardous materials affecting a wetland restoration.

Prerequisites

Two years experience in wetland restoration or having wetland restoration as a major component of your job activity

Duration

32 hours

Target Audience

NRCS and other agency employees who develop and implement wetland restoration plans and develop compatible use authorizations on a regular basis.

NEDC Contact

Sue Brooks

Technical Specialist

Norman C. Melvin

Enrollment

Go to AgLearn to request enrollment in Wetland Restoration, Management, and Compatible Use (000082).