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Public Notice 2/17/2017

To comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, The United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) is soliciting comments on a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) regarding the modification of an existing Wetlands Reserve Program easement. These comments will be evaluated to determine if a Finding of No Significant Impact is applicable and USDA-NRCS can proceed with the modification process.

Executive Summary: The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a legacy easement program funded and administered by the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS).  The intent of the WRP easement is to “restore, protect and enhance wetlands on private lands” (2014 Farm Bill Title XII Subtitle H, Section 1265). In 2005, a Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) deed was recorded on the Carroll Brothers property (now known as Gillette Farms Management LLC) in Shawano County, Wisconsin. The wetland on the property was subsequently restored in October of 2008. In the process of restoration, unplanned flooding has occurred outside of the easement area. In order to rectify the flooding issue, NRCS has two options: 1) lower the pool area effectively draining the restored wetland area; 2) modify the existing boundary to remove an area of upland currently in the easement in exchange for the area currently flooded outside of the easement boundary. The Environmental Assessment reviews these options with Option 2 being the desired outcome, however, per National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, NRCS must complete an Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine if a “Finding of No Significant Impact” (FONSI) is applicable or if a full Environmental Impact Statement is warranted.

The full EA is available from Gregory Kidd at the address below or on the WI-USDA NRCS website at: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/wi/home/ under the Newsroom tab under Public Notices.

Comments must be submitted in writing by March 30, 2017 to Gregory Kidd, 8030 Excelsior Drive, Suite 200, Madison, WI 53717 or to greg.kidd@wi.usda.gov. To see the full Environmental Assessment click here.

 

2016 Local Working Groups

The Local Working Group (LWG) is a diverse group of people with agricultural and natural resource interests. Members may be agricultural producers representing the variety of crops and livestock raised within the local area; owners of nonindustrial private forest land; representatives of agricultural and environmental organizations; and representatives of governmental agencies carrying out agricultural and natural resource conservation programs and activities for the area.