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Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program

WREP is a voluntary conservation program that works through partnership agreements with states, nongovernmental organizations and tribes, as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  WREP is a component of the Wetlands Reserve Program through which NRCS enters into agreements with eligible partners to leverage resources to carry out high-priority wetland protection and improve wildlife habitat.  Eligible partners may submit general WREP proposals for individual, watershed-wide or larger geographical area projects. WREP partners are required to contribute a financial or technical assistance fund match.   

Benefits to partners in WREP agreements include:

  • Wetland restoration in high-priority areas;

  • ‚ÄčAbility to cost-share restoration or enhancement components beyond those required by NRCS;

  • Opportunity to leverage funding to critical resource concerns; 

  • Opportunity to target outreach and enrollment based on priorities identified by partners; 

  • Participation in management or monitoring of selected project locations;

  • Opportunities to use innovative restoration methods and practices; and

  • Ability to maximize habitat benefits on new and existing enrollments.

USDA Seeks Project Proposals to Protect and Restore Critical Wetlands

FY 2019 Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (ACEP-WREP) Announcement of Funding, Proposal Requirements, and Review Criteria

FY 2019 WREP Evaluation Sheet

FY 2019 WREP NH Partnership Agreement Template

FY 2019 WREP Timeline