– USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications from Pennsylvania landowners interested in the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP).
A new round of funding authorizes Pennsylvania NRCS over $7 million to enroll up to 800 additional acres into WRP.
Anyone interested in these voluntary programs should contact their state or local NRCS office. Although applications are accepted throughout the year, interested landowners are encouraged to sign up by June 28.
The Wetlands Reserve Program helps landowners restore and protect wetland ecosystems on private lands. They may select a permanent or 30-year easement or a restoration cost-share agreement, retaining ownership of the land once the agreement is in place. Nationwide, more than 11,000 private landowners participating in WRP are already protecting more than 2.6 million acres of America's wetlands.
"The benefits of these reserved wetlands reach well beyond their boundaries to improve watershed health, the vitality of agricultural lands, as well as the aesthetics and economies of local communities," said NRCS Acting Chief Jason Weller.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.
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