USDA accepting wetlands reserve program applications

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

ADDIS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation is soliciting applications from landowners interested in restoring or enhancing wetlands on private agricultural land in Louisiana through the Wetlands Reserve Program.

The first application evaluation period for fiscal year 2013 WRP funding ends July 19, 2013, and interested private landowners are encouraged to visit the NRCS Addis Field Office as soon as possible to begin the application process.

The Wetlands Reserve Program provides financial incentives to landowners to restore their land to its natural wetland condition with an emphasis on enhancing wildlife habitats and environmental benefits. Participation in this program is voluntary, and restoration is accomplished in an environmentally safe, cost-effective manner.

"WRP is a popular program in Louisiana," said Jerry Hall, District Conservationist in the Addis Field Office. "

Landowners have several options for enrollment in WRP, including restoration cost-share agreements, 30-year conservation easements, and permanent conservation easements—all designed to help landowners achieve personal land use goals.

Interested landowners are encouraged to contact the local USDA Service Center/Natural Resources Conservation Service Field Office today to apply for fiscal year 2014 funding. Contact the Addis Field Office at (225) 687-2184, ext. 3 or visit at 7747 Hwy 1 South, Addis. Program information is also available online at: www.la.nrcs.usda.gov.