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Wetland Reserve Program (WRP)

The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) offers an opportunity for landowners to voluntarily protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property.  The USDA NRCS provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their restoration efforts.  To be eligible for WRP, land must be restorable, suitable for wildlife benefits, and must have had an agricultural history.  WRP offers three options to landowners to protect, restore, and enhance wetland and associated uplands: permanent easements, 30-year easements or 10-year restoration cost share agreements.  The program will pay all legal costs to establish an easement, up to 100 percent of the cost of the restoration, and the landowner will receive a payment for the easement based on the appraised agricultural value of the land.  Landowners may sign up any time.  Applications are ranked and funding is done periodically throughout the year.

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A Landowner's Guide to the Wetland Reserve Program (PDF 915 KB)

 

Application Submissions

For more information on the program, please contact the following NRCS representative.

Michael Kenyon
WRP Program Manager
michael.kenyon@ri.usda.gov
401-822-8821
USDA-NRCS
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 40
Warwick, RI 02886

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Application Materials

CPA-1200 WRP Application Form and NRCS-CPA-1202 Appendix  (PDF, 45 KB)
LTP-31 Easement Agreement Attachment (PDF, 42 KB)
CCC-901 Members Information (PDF, 115 KB)
AD-1026 Highly Erodible Land Certification (PDF, 97 KB)
CCC-931 Adjusted Gross Income Certification (PDF, 126 KB)

Link to the National WRP Web Site