Deadline nears for wetlands program in Missouri

Friday, March 1, 2013 | 7:28 a.m. CST; updated 9:23 a.m. CST, Friday, March 1, 2013

COLUMBIA — Missouri landowners have until March 15 to apply for enrolling in the Wetlands Reserve Program.

Karen Brinkman, of the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service, said in a news release that funding for this round of applications isn't guaranteed and could be limited.

The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program that gives landowners the opportunity to restore and enhance wetlands on their properties. The conservation service is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides technical and financial help to interested landowners.

Landowners receive cash in exchange for restoring or converting marginal agricultural land to shallow wetlands. The landowners also agree to maintain the new or restored wetlands.

The conservation service said the goal is to improve wetland functions and wildlife habitat on land enrolled in the program.

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