Wetland reserve program call for applications

CROWLEY, February 23, 2010 – 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 (WRP).

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.

“Landowners have several options for enrollment in WRP,” said NRCS State Conservationist Kevin Norton. “Options include restoration cost-share agreements, 30-year conservation easements, and permanent conservation easements—all designed to help landowners achieve personal land use goals.”

The Wetlands Reserve Program is a national program authorized by the Farm Bill to assist eligible landowners restore, create, protect, and enhance wetlands on their property. Participation in this program is voluntary, and restoration is accomplished in an environmentally safe, cost-effective manner. Land must be owned by the landowner for 7 years at the time of the application.

Easement payments are based on the lowest of either the fair market value of the land using an appraisal or area-wide analysis, the Geographic Area Rate Cap, or an offer made by the landowner. The current Geographic Area Rate Cap for (Acadia Parish Name) Parish is $1300/Acre.

Interested landowners are encouraged to contact the local USDA Service Center/Natural Resources Conservation Service Field Office today to apply for Fiscal Year 2010 funding. Contact Crowley Field Office at (337) 783-5823 Ext. 3 or stop by the office at 157 Cherokee Drive, Suite C, Crowley, LA. Program information is also available online at: HYPERLINK "http://www.la.nrcs.usda.gov" www.la.nrcs.usda.gov

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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