Wetlands… Benefit the Land, Secure Your Future. NRCS Wetland Reserve Program Illinois. WRP ~ Offers benefits for you…. Wetlands are unique ecosystems that offer a diverse and valuable environment…. increase biodiversity enhance wildlife habitat quality improve and protect water resources
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NRCS Wetland Reserve Program
Wetlands are unique ecosystems that offer a diverse and valuable environment…
Wetlands offer tangible benefits valuable to any landowner
The Illinois landscape was once covered with water, wetlands and forested floodplains
Let’s turn things around!
Extensive drainage systems, levees, and mass land clearing have made agricultural production possible and profitable in Illinois and across the Midwest.
Even with drainage, there are often areas destined to be wet; areas that are meant to be a wetland.
Sometimes these areas are large expanses, awkward sized potholes, or small areas adjacent to a watercourse, creek or tributary.
Your new wetland could be a legacy for your farm and your family.
Nationally, the average WRP project size is 175 acres…
In many cases, potholes, low-lying areas, and flood plains need minimal assistance or simple structural alterations in order to be restored into a QUALITY WETLAND.
Have an area like this…?
Small and medium-sized sites, 20 – 200 acres in size, need:
WRP works for Illinois landowners…
who WANT a wetland
or NEED a wetland
or HAVE a wetland that needs help
WRP program requirements, applications, ranking processes and timeframes are MANAGEABLE.
WRP contracts can be as long as YOU want!
The best WRP applications & projects have:
Once accepted & completed, WRP contracts can…
Sound like a Win-Win? It is!
Does WRP sound like it might fit into YOUR operation?
If so, visit your county NRCS office at the USDA Service Center and find out more.
NRCS ~ Helping People Help the Land