WETLANDS RESERVE PROGRAM WORKSHOP SET
GENEVA, Ala. -- The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will be hosting a Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) workshop March 19, 6 p.m., at the Geneva County Farm Center in Geneva.
WRP is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. Landowners that enter into WRP may be paid an easement payment in exchange for enrolling their land. To date, more than two million acres have been enrolled in WRP, nationally, helping exceed the federal government's 3-year goal of increasing the number and size of America's wetlands.
Easement programs offer landowners the opportunity to receive cash payments for enrollments while retaining land ownership, establishing a legacy and having cash to use for other needs. Payment rates for WRP permanent easement acres in 2008 were set at $1,800 per acre in Geneva, Coffee, Dale and Houston Counties. Payment rates are currently being established for 2009.
NRCS also offers a 10-year restoration agreement where landowners can receive up to 75 percent of the costs for restoration work on dikes and water control devices. This enrollment option does not place an easement on the property.
For additional information on the workshop, contact James Currington at (334) 684-2235, Ext. 3. To learn more about WRP and other conservation programs, visit www.al.nrcs.usda.gov or your local NRCS office.