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USDA Announces February Application Cutoff for Wetland Reserve Easements.

Reed Cripps

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, JANUARY  15, 2021 – The next deadline for Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) applications to be considered for funding this year is February 15, 2021. Through WRE, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners protect their land through Wetland Conservation Easements.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for the WRE component of the ACEP. The program provides funding for the purchase of conservation easements on eligible agricultural lands and wetlands in Kentucky and is like the former Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP).

Under the WRE component, funding is provided directly to landowners (Federal, State and Local Governments are not eligible) for the purchase of an easement and for restoration of the enrolled easement area. Restoration funds are used to restore and enhance wetlands, to improve habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife, improve water quality, reduce flood damage, and encourage outdoor education and recreation.

Wetland Reserve Easements – WRE (formerly WRP) will restore and enhance wetlands and improve habitat. Eligible lands include farmed or prior converted wetlands and other farmlands with wet or flooded soils that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored. Land eligibility has not changed from the previous WRP land eligibility categories. The 2018 Farm Bill has the same 24-month land tenure requirement as the former 2014 WRE component of ACEP.

Applications may be submitted to any Kentucky NRCS service center and are available at the local USDA Service Center and at Eligibility application determinations must be completed no later than March 1, 2021. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with NRCS, Farm Service Agency, or any other Service Center agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found at





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