Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a voluntary program to restore and protect wetlands on private property. It is an opportunity for landowners to receive financial incentives to restore wetlands that have been drained for agriculture.
Landowners who choose to participate in WRP may sell a conservation easement or enter into a cost-share restoration agreement with USDA to restore and protect wetlands. The landowner voluntarily limits future use of the land, yet retains private ownership. The landowner and NRCS develop a plan for the restoration and maintenance of the wetland.
The program offers landowners three options: permanent easements, 30-year easements, and restoration cost-share agreements of a minimum 10- year duration. Wisconsin has many WRP restoration projects.
Wisconsin Geographic Area Rate Caps (PDF 261KB) The 2008 Farm Bill established Geographic Area Rate Caps as a method to determine easement payments in each state.
Some examples of how NRCS's Wetlands Reserve Program is restoring Wisconsin wetlands:
Turtle Valley Wildlife Area, Walworth County: News Brochure and Map (PDF 216KB) History
Baraboo River Wetland Restoration, Columbia County:
Brochure (PDF 523KB)
Duffy's Marsh: Restoring the Glory
Zeloski Marsh - Lake Mills Wildlife Area, Jefferson County
Photos Brochure (PDF 966KB) Birds Sighted at Zeloski Marsh (PDF 99 KB) Birds of Zeloski Marsh- recorded bird sightings 2007) PPT file (3MB)
More information is available on the national NRCS website. Sign-up at any time at your local NRCS office located in USDA service centers.
Ron Howard, Asst. State Conservationist for Easement Programs
8030 Excelsior Drive
Madison, WI 53717
Phone (608) 662-4422 ext 252