West Virginia State Conservationist Kevin Wickey said money is available to restore, enhance, protect and manage habitat for migratory birds and other wetland-dependent wildlife through the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP). WREP is a voluntary conservation program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that works through partnership agreements with states, nongovernmental organizations and tribes.
All proposals for this funding are due Dec 15.
Send West Virginia proposals to: Kevin Wickey, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, West Virginia State Office, 1550 Earl Core Road Suite 200, Morgantown, WV 26505.
Priority will be given to proposals that:
* Have a high potential to achieve wetland restoration and significantly improve wildlife habitat.
* Significantly leverage nonfederal financial and technical resources and coordinate with other local, state, tribal or federal efforts.
* Demonstrate the partners' history of working cooperatively with landowners.
* Provide innovation in wetland protection, restoration, and enhancement methods and outcome-based performance measures and methods.
* Provide evidence that wetland restoration and enhancement activities will be completed within two years of easement closing.
* Provide for monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the restoration activities.
* Provide for matching financial or technical assistance funds to assist landowners with the implementation of the Wetlands Reserve Plan of Operations and associated contracts.
* Facilitate the submission of landowner applications.
* Provide for outreach to, and participation of, beginning farmers or ranchers, socially disadvantages farmers or ranchers, and limited-resource farmers or ranchers within the area covered by the agreement.