Reserve program restores threatened ecosystems

Landowners looking for alternatives for areas losing crops to high waters can receive help restoring those areas through the Wetlands Reserve Program.

“In Kansas, more than 24,000 acres have been restored or are in the process of being restored under the Wetlands Reserve Program,” Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Daniel Meyerhoff said.

Restored wetlands also benefit wildlife and help water quality by filtering out sediment.

“The benefits of these restored wetlands reach well beyond their boundaries to improve watershed health, the vitality of agricultural lands, as well as the aesthetics and economies of local communities,” Meyerhoff said.

Landowners that apply can choose a permanent or 30-year easement, or a 10-year restoration.

For more information, visit www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov/programs.

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