The USDA, through its Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program, will be providing more than $9.8 million this fiscal year for four multi-year projects to protect and restore nearly 2,500 acres of wetlands and associated habitats in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.
The announcement was made at an America's Great Outdoors Initiative listening session in Nebraska last week by Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White. Ag Secretary Vilsack says wetlands preservation is a priority at USDA, not only because of the role wetlands play in supporting diverse wildlife and plants, but also their importance in sustaining healthy ecosystems.
The approved projects will focus outreach and assistance efforts from individual projects to multi-state watersheds. Individual farmers and ranchers located in approved project areas can apply for assistance through their local NRCS offices or by contacting the sponsoring entity.