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FY 13 Wetlands Reserve Program

Wetlands Reserve Program - FY 2013


The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program. Its purpose is to preserve, protect, and restore the nation’s 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.

Application cutoff date is April 19, 2013. Applications must be received at the local NRCS office by April 19th to be considered for ranking.

Land and Applicant Eligibility

WRP targets marginal agricultural land where planned restoration has the potential to maximize wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and aid in the recovery of special status species. Eligible land includes privately owned and Tribal cropland, rangeland, grassland, pasture land and private, non-industrial forest land.  WRP sites must contain historic wetlands that have been degraded or converted to agricultural use and that have the potential for restoration or natural hydrology functions. Also eligible are lands that have been substantially altered by human manipulation of the landscape, and where present flooding and inundation make restoration of wetland functions and values likely. Adjacent parcels of non-cropped natural areas, slough channels, and uplands are also eligible if they significantly contribute to the habitat objectives of the project.

A WRP applicant must be the owner of the land, either an individual or an entity. The applicant must provide proof of ownership, including recorded access rights.  In addition, participants must be in compliance with High Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Farm Bill and also meet Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limitations. Eligibility for the easement option requires the landowner to have owned the property for seven years prior to submitting an application. 

Tribal lands held in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are eligible, tribal lands not held in trust, and Land owned by individual Indians is eligible if at least 50% of the landowners are Indian.

Click here for information on the current WRP Eligibility Checklist.

Application Process

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, with selection cutoff dates set during the year.

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.

Oregon WRP Application Process Fact Sheet (PDF, 1.1MB)
WRP Application Form NRCS CPA-1200 (PDF, 40 KB)
WRP Instructions for Application Form NRCS-CPA-1200 (PDF, 13 KB)

Additional Information

NRCS National WRP Web Site


Bari Williams
Easement Program Specialist
(503) 414-3226