Delta Wildlife and USDA partnership benefits wetlands

Sign-up now for Agriculture Conservation Easement Program

A partnership between Delta Wildlife and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will allow landowners to enroll additional acreage in the Wetland Reserve Easement program in 2016.

The United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will continue accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program’s (ACEP) Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) through Jan. 15 for fiscal 2016 funding. Applicants may also elect to make an application for the Wetland Reserve Easement through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program during this same period.

The 2014 farm bill divides ACEP into a wetland easement component and an agricultural land easement component. The wetland easement largely mirrors the former Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) that helps to restore and enhance wetlands while improving wildlife habitat. The partnership between Delta Wildlife and the USDA/NRCS will allow for additional agricultural lands to be enrolled and restored to provide wildlife habitat and reduce irrigation water demands on the alluvial aquifer.

ACEP-WRE and RCCP provides an opportunity for landowners to get involved in conserving our natural resources,” says Kurt Readus, Mississippi NRCS state conservationist. “The benefits of these programs, through perpetual easements on eligible lands, will be seen and felt for many generations to come.”

The purpose for the ACEP-WRE is to restore and enhance wetlands and improve wildlife habitat. Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.

To learn about ACEP-WRE and other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, go to www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or visit your local USDA Service Center.

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