The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be investing up to $17 million to help protect and restore critical wetlands on agricultural lands through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP). And USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants to remind conservation partners the deadline for proposals is August 15, 2021.
NRCS Easement Program Division Director Carrie Lindig says this WREP funding will be provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).
Through WREP projects, eligible conservation partners protect, restore and enhance high-priority wetlands on agriculture lands. Eligible partners include Tribes, state and local governments and non-government organizations. WREP partners are required to contribute a financial or technical assistance fund match.
This WREP funding is for fiscal year 2022, which begins on Oct. 1, 2021.
Partners interested in applying should contact their local NRCS office for more information.