Wetlands Reserve Easement

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Agency NameNatural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS)
Affiliationfederal government
Web Sitehttp://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/easements/wetlands/
Project Annual Funding Level varies
Range of Funding (Landowner) Varies, depending on agreement. Up to 75% to 100% federal match.
Criteria for funding project Offers financial and technical assistance in return for restoring, enhancing and protecting wetland functions and values
Geographic Coverage AreaAll counties in Florida. Nationwide.
Description of ProgramThe 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.
When are landowner applications accepted?The enrollment authority for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), and the Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP) expired on September 30, 2013. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is not authorized to take applications or enter into any new contracts, agreements, or enrollments at this time. These NRCS easement programs will not be available for new enrollments until either the current legislation is extended or a new Farm Bill is enacted. The Agency will continue to service prior-year enrollments in these programs.
Match Required?Yes Varies, depending on agreement. 75% to 100% federal match
Target Invasive Species?Federal or state listed (category 1) invasive species that degrade wetlands.
Any other Requirements or Eligibility?Non-federal lands (private, state, muncipal or tribal lands) or federal lands when primary benefit is on associated non-federal lands on a limited basis. Must meet HEL/WC (highly erodible lands/wetland compliance) and AGI (adjusted gross income) requirements.
Agreement RequiredYes Offers 10 year cost share (or) 30 year and permanent easement contracts
Permanent Contact PersonEdward Wright
Contact number352-338-9584
e-mail addressedward.wright@usda.gov
contacted last2016-03-30 00:00:00.0