USDA Announces New Conservation Assistance
Funding Applications for Wetlands Habitat Improvement Accepted until Feb. 17, 2012
Temple, Texas, January 19 - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Texas Conservationist Salvador Salinas announced today the availability of Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) funding to enter into agreements with eligible partners to carry out high priority wetland protection, restoration and enhancement activities on eligible lands. Involvement in wetland restoration in high priority areas;
�Nationally, up to $17 million is available through General WREP for wetlands restoration and enhancements on a competitive basis,� said Salinas. �Eligible partners are encouraged to submit WREP proposals to our state office by February 17, 2012. The proposals will be evaluated by Texas NRCS staff using a competitive process with recommended proposals being forwarded to the national NRCS office for review, ranking and final selection.�
WREP is a voluntary conservation program that works through partnership agreements with states, nongovernmental organizations and tribes. It is a component of the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) through which NRCS enters into agreements with eligible partners to leverage resources to carry out high priority wetland protection and improve wildlife habitat.
General WREP proposals may be submitted by eligible partners for individual projects, watershed-wide or larger geographical area. States and local units of government, Indian tribes and nongovernmental organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code may submit written proposals to the Texas NRCS office, 101 South Main, Temple, Texas 76501 or Claude.Ross@tx.usda.gov, by 4:30 pm, February 17, 2012. Proposals submitted by fax or through the www.grants.gov website will NOT be accepted.
Benefits to the partners in WREP Agreements include:
Ability to cost-share restoration or enhancement components beyond those required by NRCS;
Ability to participate in management or monitoring of selected project locations; and
Opportunity to utilize innovative restoration methods and practices.
WREP partners are required to contribute a financial or technical assistance fund match.
For more additional information about General WREP or to apply, visit http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/wrp
or contact Claude Ross
, Easement Programs Specialist, 254-742-9822.
For information about other NRCS conservation programs or to locate the USDA Service Center near you, visit http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/programs
, or visit your local NRCS office.
Note: Photos of conservation work in Texas are available at http://nrcsphoto-gallery.smugmug.com
Claude Ross, 254-742-9881
Dee Ann Littlefield, 254-742-9800