Wetland Reserve Easements

Easement Program Funding Expiration - Update

The Agricultural Act of 2014 establishes the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).

It repeals FRPP, GRP, and WRP but does not affect the validity or terms of any FRPP, GRP, or WRP contract, agreement or easement entered into prior to the date of enactment on February 7, 2014 or any associated payments required to be made in connection with an existing FRPP, GRP, or WRP contract, agreement or easement.  

For more information on ACEP, please visit the ACEP web page.



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.  

Quick Access

National WRP Manual

Wisconsin WRP Ranking System Worksheet (XLS; 2 MB)

Wisconsin WRE Geographic Area Rate Caps 

Wetlands Reserve Program factsheet (1MB, pdf) 2011

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)


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)  

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