The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts.
Applications for fiscal year 2013 enrollments are being accepted at this time. Funding dates will be announced later.
WRP program objectives are to:
purchase conservation easements from, or enter into cost-share agreements with, willing owners of eligible land. The duration of a WRP:
easement is either permanent or 30 years, and
restoration cost-share agreement is generally 10 years
help eligible landowners, protect, restore, and enhance the original hydrology, native vegetation, and natural topography of eligible lands
restore and protect the functions and values of wetlands in the agricultural landscape
help achieve the national goal of no net loss of wetlands
improve the general environment of the country
The emphasis of WRP is to protect, restore, and enhance the functions and values of wetland ecosystems to attain:
habitat for migratory birds and wetland dependent wildlife, including threatened and endangered species,
protection and improvement of water quality,
attenuation of water flows due to flooding,
recharge of ground water,
protection and enhancement of open space and aesthetic quality, and
protection of native flora and fauna contributing to the Nation's natural heritage.