Wetland restoration program sign-up available

The 2013 RIM-WRP program sign-up is now open.

The program offers competitive payment rates for landowners to restore wetlands that have been drained and have a history of being used for agricultural production.

RIM-WRP is a local-state-federal partnership that combines the state’s Reinvest in Minnesota Reserve conservation easement program with the USDA Wetlands Reserve Program. Combining these two programs allows state funds to leverage federal funds that are available through the Federal Farm Bill. Funding for this partnership is through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Board of Water and Soil Resources.

Details of the RIM-WRP Partnership:

• The RIM-WRP sign-up period begins June 3, with funding decisions expected by mid-July.

• Eligibility is statewide, but priority is given to areas of Minnesota that have experienced the greatest wetland losses.

• Competitive payment rates have been established for this partnership.

• Interested landowners should contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District or Natural Resources Conservation Service staff at the local USDA Service Center.

More information can be found on BWSR’s website: www.bwsr.state.mn.us.