USDA Funds Available to restore Michigan Wetlands

Wideopenspaces.comEAST LANSING, Nov. 19, 2015 — Michigan landowners have until Jan. 15, 2016, to submit applications for wetland reserve easements through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. In Michigan, $819,000 in USDA funding is available for the restoration of wetlands and easement costs during fiscal year 2016.

“Restoring and protecting wetlands is an important way for landowners to safeguard water quality and provide valuable wildlife habitat,” said USDA State Conservationist Garry Lee.

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program is administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Land eligible for wetland reserve easements includes farmed or converted wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored. Eligible landowners can choose to enroll in a permanent or 30-year easement; tribal landowners also have the option of enrolling in 30-year contracts. Applicants seeking to enroll land in fiscal year 2016 should contact their local USDA Service Center as soon as possible to begin the application process.

Wetland reserve easements allow landowners to successfully enhance and protect habitat for wildlife on their lands, reduce impacts from flooding, recharge groundwater and provide outdoor recreational and educational opportunities. Participants are allowed to use their land for recreation and other defined uses and also retain the right to control access to their property.

For more information about wetland reserve easements contact your local USDA Service Center or visit the NRCS-Michigan website at www.mi.nrcs.usda.gov.

 

Posted on: December 9th, 2015 By Tony Wernette
Tony Wernette
Tony is the MAEAP Technician with the Mecosta Conservation District. He can be reached at tony.wernette@mi.nacdnet.net.