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Partnership Projects to Improve 16,500 Acres of Wetlands in 12 States

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for 13 partnership agreements for high-priority wetland restoration and conservation work in 12 states. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and a network of partners have nearly $15 million in financial and technical assistance available for these projects in 2012 and will enter into long-term agreements to deliver additional assistance over the next four years.

Selected for their significant contributions toward wetlands restoration, enhancement or protection, the projects will improve water quality, prevent flooding and enhance wildlife habitat on more than 16,500 acres of wetlands.

The benefits of these new partnership agreements include increased opportunities to participate in the Wetlands Reserve Program, which offers easements and contracts to restore wetlands. In addition, the selected projects also offer accelerated and improved wetland restoration, monitoring or management assistance from NRCS and its partners. Participants retain ownership and access to the land, and in some locations may be able to generate income from grazing or recreation approved by NRCS. 

Landowners may apply at their local NRCS office (find your nearest NRCS service center at or by contacting the proposal partner listed below.

Learn more about WREP at and find out about other NRCS programs and initiatives at

Next month, the NRCS celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Wetlands Reserve Program. More than 11,000 of America’s private landowners have voluntarily enrolled over 2.3 million acres into the WRP.



Project Title

Proposal Partner

2012 Partnership Funding Level


Lower South Platte

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory



Arabia Bay

Georgia Forestry Commission


Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota

Missouri River Flood Recovery

The Nature Conservancy



Southern Prairie Pothole Wetland Initiative

Iowa Department of Natural Resources



Nassawango/Dividing Creek

The Nature Conservancy



Working Lands Approach to Restoration – Rainwater Basin

Nebraska Association of Resource Districts



Integrated Monitoring and Management – Rainwater Basin 1

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


New Hampshire

Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire

Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire


North Carolina

Coastal Federation Proposal

North Carolina Coastal Federation



Monitoring Bog Turtle

Mid-Atlantic Center for Herpetology and Conservation



Ohio River Watershed Initiative

The Trust for Tomorrow


South Dakota

East Dakota Water Development District

East Dakota Water Development District




Gulf Coast Conservation Initiative

Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program






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