NRCS Funding Available for Wetland Protection and Habitat Improvement Projects in Pennsylvania
Proposals Due February 17, 2012
HARRISBURG, PA, January 24, 2012 ï¿½ USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Denise Coleman today announced a funding opportunity for wetland protection, restoration and enhancement activities on eligible lands in Pennsylvania. Proposals for projects are due by February 17, 2012. Funding comes through the agency’s Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP), with up to $17 million available nationwide.
“This is a great opportunity for Pennsylvania landowners to carry out high-priority wetland protection and improve wildlife habitat,” Coleman said. “WREP is an important conservation tool and I encourage everyone who is interested in applying to send us their proposals as soon as possible.”
WREP is a voluntary conservation program that works through partnership agreements with states and nongovernmental organizations, as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. WREP is a component of the Wetlands Reserve Program through which NRCS enters into agreements with eligible partners to leverage resources to carry out high-priority wetland protection and improve wildlife habitat.
Benefits to partners in WREP agreements include:
ï¿½ Wetland Restoration in high-priority areas;
ï¿½ The ability to cost-share restoration or enhancement components beyond those required by NRCS ;
ï¿½ Participation in management or monitoring of selected project locations; and
ï¿½ Opportunities to use innovative restoration methods and practices.
Eligible partners may submit general WREP proposals for individual, watershed-wide or larger geographical area projects. WREP partners are required to contribute a financial or technical assistance fund match.
NRCS staffs will use a competitive process to evaluate the proposals. Recommended proposals will then be competed nationally for final selection and funding.