Wetlands Reserve Program applications now accepted
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Louisiana has set the first 2012 application evaluation period for the Wetlands Reserve Program.
The evaluation period ends Jan. 20.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis for the Wetlands Reserve Program. There may be additional opportunities for application funding throughout 2012. Applications received after Jan. 20 will be considered in future evaluation periods, if any, or carried into fiscal year 2013 on Oct. 1.
“WRP is a popular conservation program because landowners have several options for enrollment,” said NRCS State Conservationist Kevin Norton. “A landowner may choose a restoration cost-share agreement, a 30-year conservation easement, or a permanent conservation easement—depending on their personal land use goals.”
The WRP is a national program authorized by the Farm Bill to assist eligible landowners restore, create, protect, and enhance wetlands on their property. Participation in this program is voluntary, and restoration is accomplished in an environmentally safe, cost-effective manner. Easement payments are based on the lowest of either the fair market value of the land using an appraisal or area-wide analysis, the Geographic Area Rate Cap, or an offer made by the landowner.
Interested landowners are encouraged to contact their local USDA Service Center/Natural Resources Conservation Service office for more information or visit the NRCS web site at: www.nrcs.usda.gov.