Wetlands Reserve Program ranking deadline is April 15 April 15, 2005 will be the cutoff for the ranking of applications received under the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), according to Janet Oertly, State Conservationist, NRCS, Huron.
Any eligible landowner in South Dakota can apply for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) said Oertly.
"Applications for WRP and other conservation programs such as Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) are an ongoing process and producers need to be thinking about and planning for future rounds of funding."
In consultation with the State Technical Committee, the date for the ranking of applications received in South Dakota to be evaluated for FY 2005 funding for WRP is Friday, April 15, 2005. Applications will be evaluated, prioritized and selected for funding made available under provisions of the 2002 Farm Bill. In South Dakota, the State Technical Committee, which serves as an advisor to the State Conservationist, participates in the development of the ranking process. Applications will be rated on ranking and selection criteria developed in South Dakota following broad national guidelines.
The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts. The NRCS goal is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program. This program offers landowners an opportunity to establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices and protection.
For more information about technical assistance and conservation programs, contact the local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office listed in the phone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture or go to http://www.sd.nrcs.usda.gov.