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Wetland Reserve Easements

Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) are a voluntary opportunity 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 WRe 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.  

Quick Access

Wisconsin WRE Geographic Area Rate Caps 

Ranking Worksheet for applications (2 mb, xls)

Wetlands Reserve Program factsheet (1MB, pdf)  May 2014

WRP Compatible Use Permits and Hunting Blinds and Stands (PDF; 130KB) Aug 2013

Facts about 30-year and permanent easements and landowner rights (PDF 88KB)

 

The NRCS Wetlands Reserve Program is the forerunner to the WRE, which was established in the 2014 Farm Bill.  Some examples of NRCS's WRP restorations in Wisconsin:

Ramsden Marsh

 

 

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

Email: ron.howard@wi.usda.gov