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Kansas NRCS Seeking Proposals for Wetland Conservation Projects

Lynn Thurlow, Soil Conservationist

Program provides opportunities to restore, monitor, and manage wetlands

SALINA, Kansas–April 6, 2017, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has
announced it is investing up to $15 million nationwide in technical and financial assistance to help eligible
conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore, and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands.

Eligible partners in Kansas have until April 24, 2017 to submit proposals to the Kansas NRCS office.
Exact details of the proposal requirements can be found on the Kansas NRCS Website ACEP-WREP
Funding will be provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP), part of the
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), a Farm Bill conservation program. Through
WREP, states, local units of governments, non-governmental organizations, and American Indian tribes
collaborate with NRCS through cooperative and partnership agreements.

These partners work with tribal and private landowners who voluntarily enroll eligible land into easements
to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on their properties. NRCS's voluntary easement programs
enables effective integration of wetland restoration on working landscapes, providing benefits to farmers
and ranchers who enroll in the program, as well as benefits to the local and rural communities where the
wetlands exist. WREP provides opportunities to restore, monitor, and manage these easements.

Bruce Wells, Kansas Assistant State Conservationist-Water Resources, said, “Kansas non-profits have a
great record in submitting compelling proposals that compete successfully at the national level. This
program offers an opportunity to supplement their resources that in the end, help individual farmers and
ranchers, while improving the water quality and quantity for their communities."

Protecting and restoring wetlands strengthens agricultural operations, sustains the nation’s food supply,
improves water quality, and protects habitat for diverse wildlife.

For more information, contact Lynn Thurlow, Soil Conservationist, Kansas NRCS, phone 785.823.4548.

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