Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
Application deadline for 2013 funding consideration: April 5, 2013.
WRP offers landowners an opportunity to restore and conserve wetlands on their land. The program targets marginal agricultural land that is frequently flooded and where planned restoration offers the potential to maximize wildlife habitat and improve water quality. The program offers two easement options and one restoration-only option.
Landowners enrolled in the program retain the title to the land and the right to control access and recreational use. The land remains on the tax rolls.
Owners of private or tribal lands are eligible for WRP. There are three enrollment options: permanent easement, 30-year easement and a 10-year restoration cost-share agreement. Depending on the option, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) may pay up to 100 percent of easement and restoration costs.
Please refer to the following links for more information on enrollment options and the application process.
If you encounter problems with the files provided on this page, please contact
Grazing Reserved Rights Pilot
California NRCS is offering a Grazing Reserved Rights Pilot Program in three specific geographic areas as part of WRP. The pilot program allows livestock grazing on enrolled land as part of a NRCS-approved wetlands conservation and grazing management plan. More information is available on the following link.
Determining Easement Compensation
To determine easement compensation, California can use the lowest value of an appraisal, a Geographic Area Rate Cap (GARC), or a landowner offer. To determine Geographic Area Rate Caps, California uses a Market Analysis to assess the value of specific land uses in defined geographic areas. The Market Analysis is conducted each year by an independent appraiser and sets an up-front value for the property rights being acquired by USDA.
California 2013 WRP Geographic Area Rate Caps are listed below. Note that 30-year easements are valued at 75% of the GARC.
Grazing Reserved Rights Pilot Lands are also valued at 75% of the GARC. However, the calculation for 30-year grazing pilot projects is determined by using the per acre GARC value X 75% (for a 30 year easement) X 75% (for the retained grazing value). For example, a 30-year easement on a vernal pool landscape in Sacramento County would be: ($3,200 X .75 X .75).
Dean Kwasny, Easement Programs Specialist
Nate Key, WRP Team Leader
Elizabeth Palmer, WRP Team Leader, Southern California