The Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. WRP obtain conservation easements from participating landowners and provides cost-share payments for wetland restoration. There are presently 163,000 acres in Arkansas enrolled in WRP. The objective of monitoring WRP easements is to assess the success of wetland restoration efforts on each easement including, specific vegetation and water control structures. The acres are located in the lower Mississippi River valley, the Red River valley, and the Arkansas River valley of Arkansas. Applicants will be responsible for assisting NRCS in providing technical assistance necessary to monitor the Wetlands Reserve Program.
The applicant will need to be certified as a technical service provider meeting the NRCS national criteria established for certification in the category(ies) for which the applicant applies. The certification criteria is located in TechReg, an NRCS web based certification application program at http://techreg.usda.gov.
Categories include WRP Monitoring statewide.
NRCS anticipate being substantially involved in carrying out the work covered by resulting cooperative agreement(s).
1. Organizational capabilities. The adequacy of organizational resources and experience to successfully design and install wetland restoration projects. Share in a common mission that supports the natural resource conservation efforts with private landowners.
2. Project personnel. The reasonableness and feasibility of the applicant?s approach and expertise for successfully achieving the objectives of the project within the required time frame.
3. Understanding the intent of WRP. The applicant?s recognition of the value and need of the project and the full understanding of the intent of WRP.
4. Ability to demonstrate successful past history and credibility of working with private landowners.
One or more cooperative agreements may be awarded for a one-year project period for technical assistance to monitor the Wetland Reserve Program. Cooperative agreements have been determined to be the appropriate funding instrument because of the substantial involvement of NRCS in providing program and technical oversight, coordination and time frames of projects. Cooperative agreements will be awarded for a one-year project. It is anticipated that approximately $190,000 will be available for this program in FY2004 with an estimated total program funding over 5 years of $750,000. The available funding for subsequent years is not fixed and may vary considerably. Amendments to agreement(s)may be developed upon availability of funding in follow-on years (approximately a five-year period).
Who can apply:
Eligible functional categories:
Wetlands Reserve Program
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Arkansas State Office