Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)


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This program, administered through the Natural Resource Conservation Service, seeks to secure conservation easements and provide cost-share assistance to restore, protect and enhance wetlands and eligible buffers.

Support Type:


Available Funding:

Permanent easement payment of lesser than value of land, established cap or landowner offer and 100% of the restoration costs; Thirty year easement payment is 75% of that for permanent easement and 75% of the restoration costs; ten-year cost share offers 75% of restoration costs.

Funding Range:

For restoration cost-share agreements, annual payments may not exceed $50,000 per year.

Restoration Activity:

Restore, protect, and enhance wetlands in exchange for retiring eligible land from agriculture.


Landowner must have owned the land for at least one year; landowner retains private ownership. A conservation easement is a transfer of rights in which the landowner voluntarily limits future use of the land, yet retains private ownership. To enter into such an agreement, the landowner must have owned the land for the preceding seven years. 

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