A second approval date Feb. 19 will be used for funding consideration on additional applications for the Wetlands Reserve Program under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill), said Eric B. Banks, state conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.


A second approval date Feb. 19 will be used for funding consideration on additional applications for the Wetlands Reserve Program under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill), said Eric B. Banks, state conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The initial signup approval date was been set for Dec. 15.

Wetlands program applications that were sent in by Dec. 15 that have been determined eligible and have had site visits and ranking worksheets completed will be considered for fiscal year 2010 funding on December 15, 2009. Applications sent in by Feb. 19 will be used for funding consideration on additional applications.

Fields subject to frequent flooding, had drainage systems installed prior to 1985, or ponded water for a period of time may be eligible for the program. The program also has a requirement of land ownership for a period of seven years prior to making application. However, there are certain situations where a waiver of the seven-year ownership may be granted.

Banks said there are three types of enrollment options for the program. Landowners can apply for a restoration agreement, 30-year easement, or permanent easement.

Applying for WRP

Conservation service staff will provide landowners with materials for the application process.

Beginning this year, landowners will be asked to complete a program application questionnaire as part of the application process. Landowners also will need to provide a copy of the land deed showing length of ownership if they are considering an easement option for the program.

The program restores, enhances, and protects wetlands in Kansas and across the country.

Kansas has 17,400 acres enrolled in the wetlands program.

Interested landowners should apply at their U. S. Department of Agriculture Service Center (listed in the telephone book under United States government or on the Internet at offices.usda.gov.

For further information, contact Lynn Thurlow, soil conservationist, at (785) 823-4548 or lynn.thurlow@ks.

usda.gov.