USDA Announces New Conservation Assistance
Funding Applications for Wetlands Habitat Improvement Accepted until
February 10, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SALT LAKE CITY, January 13, 2012 – USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) Utah Conservationist Dave Brown 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.
“Nationally, up to $17 million is available through General WREP for wetlands
restoration and enhancements on a competitive basis,” said Brown. “Eligible
partners are encouraged to submit WREP proposals to our state office by February
10, 2012. The proposals will be evaluated by Utah Programs 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 Utah
NRCS office 125 South State Street, Room 4010, Salt Lake City, UT 84138-1100 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, by 5pm
February 10, 2012. Proposals submitted by fax or through the
www.grants.gov website will NOT be accepted.
Benefits to the partners in WREP Agreements include:
- Involvement in wetland restoration in high priority areas;
- Ability to cost-share restoration or enhancement components beyond those
- Ability to participate in management or monitoring of selected project
- Opportunity to utilize innovative restoration methods and practices.
WREP partners are required to contribute a financial or technical assistance
fund match. For information about other NRCS conservation programs, visit
http://www.ut.nrcs.usda.gov/programs, or visit the nearest USDA Service
Center in your area.
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