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Wetland Reserve Program

Wetland Reserve Program 


Over the past nine years, more than 60,000 acres in South Carolina have been enrolled in WRP. 

May 15, 2012—Celebrating 20 years of WRP!

NRCS’ Wetlands Reserve Program goes into its third decade! So far, more than 2.3 million acres have been enrolled and 11,000 landowners have signed up. So what did they do through WRP and how did they do it? Visit the national WRP page and download our new publication "Restoring America's Wetlands" and see how love of the land and sound science continue benefiting wetlands, nationwide.

A Forest Forever: Wetlands Reserve Program Easement Will Restore and Protect Wateree Floodlands Memorial Forest

NRCS and Audubon Society Partner to Restore over 6,000 Acres of Wetlands in South Carolina.

Program Benefits 

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. The NRCS goal is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program. This program offers landowners an opportunity to establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices and protection.  South Carolina pays up to $1500 an acre for permanent easements and $1125 per acre for 30-year easements.

If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Sabrenna Bryant at 803-765-5419.


The following requires Adobe Acrobat.

Fact Sheet on Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Compliance-May 2012  (PDF; 369 KB)  NEW!


 WRP Monitoring Checklist (PDF; 44 KB) 
 WRP Certification Document (PDF; 11 KB) 
 Preliminary Certificate of Inspection and Possession (PDF; 19 KB) 
 Sign-up application form (AD-1153) (PDF; 20 KB)
 Hazardous Substance Checklist  (PDF; 180 KB) 
 Interim Environmental Professional Guidance  (PDF; 1.2 MB) 
 Information for Appraisers (PDF; 13 KB)
 Warranty Easement Deed--30 year (PDF; 27 KB)
 Warranty Easement Deed--Permanent (PDF; 24 KB)
CCC-505 Crop Base (PDF; 127 KB)
 CCC0526_AGI  (PF; 140 KB)
 WRP Owner Percent (DOC; 938 KB)


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2011 WRP Landowner Checklist  (PDF; 17 KB)
2011 WRP Ranking Sheet  (XLS; 70 KB)
2011 WRP Disclosure Form  (DOC; 48 KB)


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 2010 WRP Landowner Checklist  (PDF; 22 KB)
  2010 WRP Ranking Sheet  (XLS; 75 KB)


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 2009 WRP Ranking Sheet  (PDF; 28 KB)
 WRP Rules and Regulations in Federal Register (PDF; 131 KB)
 NRCS CPA 1200 for FY 2009 Easement Programs (PDF; 46 KB) 


The following requiresAdobe Acrobat , Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.

 CCC-505 Crop Base (PDF; 127 KB)
 2008 WRP Guidance  (PDF; 336 KB)
 CCC0526_AGI  (PF; 140 KB)
 2008 WRP Ranking Sheet (XLS; 63 KB)
 2008 Compatible Use Document template (DOC; 69 KB)
 WRP Owner Percent (DOC; 938 KB) 


The following requiresAdobe Acrobat , Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.

 2007 WRP Guidance  (PDF; 336 KB)
 2007 WRP Ranking Sheet  (XLS; 62 KB)
 2007 Compatible Use Document template (DOC; 66 KB)


The following document requires AdobeAcrobat.

 2006 WRP Guidance (PDF; 333 KB)
 Information for Appraisers (PDF; 13 KB)


Glenn Sandifer
Programs Specialist

Phone: 803-253-3894


Last Modified:05/17/2012