The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 25, 2013

WRP applications due by Friday


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — USDA and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are accepting applications for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), said Michael Sheik, NRCS district conservationist.

Landowners interested in restoring and protecting wetlands that have been impacted or converted are encouraged to make application at their local NRCS offices.

The Wetlands Reserve Program’s primary objective is to restore former wetlands, re-establish native wetland wildlife habitat and retire marginal land from agricultural production. Oklahoma’s allocation for 2013 is 1,333 acres.

Applicants may elect to participate in permanent easements, 30-year easements or restoration cost-share agreements. Permanent easement contracts include the total cost of installing the restoration practices and maintenance of those practices. For non-permanent, 30-year easements, NRCS will pay 75 percent of the value determined for a permanent easement and 75 percent of costs associated with establishing the restoration. Restoration cost-share agreements also provide up to 75 percent cost-share for installation of the wetland restoration practices.

Applications for enrollment will be accepted throughout the year. Applications received by Friday will be evaluated for 2013 funding of high-priority applications. Applications will be approved for contract development after the evaluation period.

For information, call or visit the local NRCS or Conservation District office at 1216 W. Willow Suite D. The phone number is  237-4321. Information also is available on the Oklahoma NRCS website http://www.ok.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/wrp/index.html.