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Wetland Reserve Easement Applications Are Due April 30
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/20/2020

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Wisconsin has announced the fiscal year 2020 signup deadline is April 30 for Wetland Reserve Easement applications. The 2018 Farm Bill has provided NRCS with technical and financial assistance to help private landowners, tribes, land trusts and other groups protect these valuable lands.

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program umbrella focuses on restoring and protecting wetlands as well as conserving productive agricultural lands and grasslands. Specifically, the WRE component provides landowners compensation for enrolling their land in easements.

Applications for WRE are taken on a continuous basis and they are ranked and considered for funding one time a year. Landowners who have already applied do not need to re-apply, but may be asked to update their application documents.

"It is important to note that Wisconsin NRCS anticipates additional Wetland Reserve funding next fall. If you do not get an application in by April 30, you may still submit one during the summer." said Greg Kidd, assistant state conservationist for easements. "We will consider those applications for funding in the 2021 fiscal year, which begins in October."

Through ACEP-WRE, NRCS helps landowners and tribes to restore and protect wetland ecosystems. WREs are either permanent or for 30 years in length. Eligible lands include land that is drained and can successfully be restored and riparian areas that link protected wetland areas. As part of the easement, NRCS and the landowner work together to develop a plan for the restoration and maintenance of the wetland.

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