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NRCS issues additional call for WRP applications

May 1 set as deadline

South Dakota

An additional call for applications has been issued for the Wetlands Reserve Program for Fiscal Year 2009 funding. May 1, will be the deadline by which a landowner must sign an application at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office, according to Sara Thompson, WRP program coordinator, NRCS, Huron, S.D.

"Any landowner in South Dakota can apply for the WRP," said Thompson. "Applications for WRP are accepted on a continual basis; however, if landowners want to be considered in FY2009, they need to have their applications complete by May 1. Easement payments are based on an established rate and the FY2009 easement payments are the highest per acre to date."

Administered by the NRCS, the WRP provides eligible landowners the technical and financial assistance they need to address wetland, wildlife habitat, soil, water, and related natural resource concerns. It is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property through a 30-year or permanent easement, or a restoration cost-share agreement. Marginal cropland and pasture with eligible wetlands are typically what landowners enroll into WRP. Eligible wetlands include farmed or prior converted wetlands or, new this year, land flooded by a closed basin or lake is eligible.

"The majority of the more than 30,000 acres enrolled in WRP in South Dakota are found in the prairie pothole region of the eastern half of the state," said Thompson. The term "pothole" is due to their "pothole" appearance when viewing the region from a landscape perspective. These wetlands provide critical habitat for migratory waterfowl throughout their breeding, nesting, and brood rearing cycles, as well as many other species. Resident species such as deer and pheasants utilize wetlands for winter cover."

For more information about WRP in South Dakota, please contact your local NRCS office or Sara Thompson at 605-352-1281. For more information about technical assistance and conservation programs, go to www.sd.nrcs.usda.gov.



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