The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a federal initiative that provides payments and cost sharing to farmers in exchange for restoring farmed wetlands. The WRP provides benefits to those landowners who agree to take care of the hydrologic conditions of saturation of the soil, native vegetation, and natural topography of eligible lands. The WRP also adopts conservation practices and activities that promote the easement restoration, protection, enhancement, maintenance, and management of wetland functions and values.
According to 7 CFR 1467.4, the following lands are not eligible for enrollment in the WRP:
1.Converted wetlands if the conversion commenced after December 23, 1985;
2.Lands containing timber stands or pasturelands that is attached to trees;
3.Lands owned by an agency of the U.S., other than that held in trust for Indian tribes;
4.Lands subject to an easement or deed restriction.