Wetlands Reserve Program
The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a voluntary conservation program that
offers landowners the means and opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance
wetlands on their property through perpetual easements, 30 year easements or
Land Treatment Contracts. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
manages the program as well as provides technical and financial support to help
landowners who participate in WRP.
To offer a conservation easement, you must have owned the land for at least 1
year prior to enrollment, with limited exceptions. To participate in the 10-year
restoration cost-share agreement, you need only show evidence of ownership.
- Wetlands cleared and/or drained for farming, pasture, or timber production
- Lands adjacent to restorable wetlands that contribute significantly to
wetland functions and values.
- Previously restored wetlands that need long-term protection.
- Drained wooded wetlands where hydrology will be restored.
- Existing or restorable riparian habitat corridors that connect protected
- Lands substantially altered by flooding where there is a likelihood of
successful wetland restoration at a reasonable cost.
- Wetlands converted after December 23, 1985
- Certain Conservation Reserve Program contract lands where trees have been
- Federal Lands.
- Lands where conditions make restoration impossible.
To apply for WRP, contact any of the NRCS Field Offices throughout Ohio for
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The following documents can be used to apply for and rank applications:
Form (AD-1153) (22 Kb)
Site Evaluation Form (107 Kb) UPDATED for FY 2005!
Location Factors (10 Kb) UPDATED for FY 2005!
Review the NRCS national web page on WRP by clicking here:
John Armentano, WRP Coordinator
Natural Resources Conservation Service
200 North High Street, Room 522
Columbus, Ohio 43215