Grassland Reserve Opportunities for Central Wisconsin
Renae Anderson, Public Affairs Specialist
(608) 662-4422 ext 227
See Map of eligible areas in Marathon, Taylor, Clark, Wood, Portage, Adams and Waushara Counties http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/cwgca/cwgca.pdf
Madison, Wis–– The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) sign-up for Central Wisconsin will close on June 29, 2012.
Applications for GRP rental agreements that are received by June 29 will be ranked for consideration for 2012 funding. Applications must be for lands within the Central Wisconsin Grassland Conservation Area to be eligible for funding. See Map of Eligible area
Applications received after June 29 will be considered for future funding, if available.
GRP is a voluntary program that helps landowners protect eligible grazing lands through rental contracts or conservation easements. The program emphasizes support for working grazing operations, enhancement of plant and animal biodiversity, and protection of grasslands under threat of conversion to cropping, urban development and other activities.
Eligible land includes privately owned grasslands that have the potential to serve as wildlife habitat of significant ecological value. A grazing management plan is required for all GRP rental contracts and easements. A grazing management plan addresses resource concerns, such as soil erosion and water quality, on land where grazing is planned and applied. This plan will include any restrictions to haying, mowing, or harvesting for seed production during the nesting season for grassland birds that are in significant decline.
For more information, visit the Wisconsin NRCS website www.wi.nrcs.usda.gov under Programs, or go to Grassland Reserve www.wi.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/grp.html For application information, contact the NRCS office at the USDA Service Center for your county. (www.wi.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/office_search.html )