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NRCS accepting applications for WRP in Missouri

Agriculture.com Staff 09/26/2006 @ 7:55am

Missouri landowners interested in participating in the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) should apply by December 1 to be eligible for the next round of funding, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced this week.

The WRP is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on their properties. The NRCS provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts.

By signing WRP easements, landowners receive cash payments in exchange for restoring or converting marginal agricultural land to shallow wetland areas. They also agree to maintain the new or restored wetlands.

The goal of WRP, according to NRCS, is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program. Easement values represent the property's appraised value, the maximum easement value for that region or the landowner's offer, whichever is lowest.

Click here to see the WRP rate cap map for Missouri's five WRP geographic regions. To sign up for WRP or to get more information about it and other NRCS programs, contact the NRCS office serving your county or click here.

Missouri landowners interested in participating in the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) should apply by December 1 to be eligible for the next round of funding, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced this week.

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