Wetlands Reserve Program
The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program. Its purpose is to preserve, protect, and restore the nations valuable wetlands. Wetland protection will improve wildlife and migratory bird habitat, improve water quality, and provide flood water retention, ground water recharge, open space, and aesthetic values.
To be eligible, land must be restorable to wetland conditions. Eligible lands include wetlands farmed under natural conditions, farmed wetlands, prior converted cropland, commenced converted wetlands, farmed wetlands pasture, stream corridors, and land substantially altered by flooding.
Fiscal Year 2013 Wetland Reserve Program - New Applications
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended WRP authorization for Fiscal Year 2013. States may now accept new applications for WRP. However, NRCS does not have WRP funds to enroll new projects at this time. This site will be updated as soon as funding is made available and we are able to fund new applications.
For additional information, contact your local USDA NRCS office, or visit the NRCS Wetland Reserve Program web site.
NRCS Kansas and NRCS Idaho have teamed up to publish a booklet and accompanying web page named Better Wetlands, a guide to more than a dozen ideas to improve restored wetlands for wildlife and personal enjoyment. Through their generosity, NRCS New York has created it's own version based on the material found in the original publication.
NRCS New York Wetlands Photo Gallery
Our Wetlands Photo Gallery contains some beautiful pictures of wetlands in New York and other areas of the United States.