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Howard County Soil & Water Conservation District

1103 South Goyer Road
Kokomo, Indiana 46902
(765)-457-2114 Ext. 3

Indiana Wetlands Reserve Program

The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is the Nation’s premier wetlands restoration program.  It is a voluntary program that offers landowners the means and the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) manages the program as well as provides technical and financial support to help landowners that participate in WRP.

Program objectives are:

1) to purchase conservation easements from, or enter into cost-share agreements with willing owners of eligible land, 2) help eligible landowners, protect, restore, and enhance the original hydrology, native vegetation, and natural topography of eligible lands, 3) restore and protect the functions and values of wetlands in the agricultural landscape, 4) help achieve the national goal of no net loss of wetlands, and to improve the general environment of the country. 

The emphasis of the WRP program is to protect, restore and enhance the functions and values of wetland ecosystems to attain: 1) first and foremost, habitat for migratory birds and wetland dependent wildlife, including threatened and endangered species;  2) protection and improvement of water quality; 3) lessen water flows due to flooding; 4) recharge of ground water; 5) protection and enhancement of open space and aesthetic quality; 6) protection of native flora and fauna contributing to the Nation’s natural heritage; and 7) contribute to educational and scholarship.

 Additional information:

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Indiana WRP Questions & Answers

Step-by-step application information 

Indiana WRP Ranking Worksheet and Ranking Guidance

This document requires Microsoft Excel
2010 GARC

The 2010 Geographic Area Rate Caps (GARC) have been set for the Wetlands Reserve Program and Floodplain Easement Program. These caps are used to determine offers to landowners on both programs. Caps are set for individual counties with an ag land value used on those lands that are cropland, hayland or pasture. Non-ag land is used for woodland, wildlife land, and those lands that have not been farmed, hayed, or pastured in the past ten years. GARC values are reviewed on an annual basis and approved by the State Conservationist in conjunction with the State Technical Committee.

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Indiana WRP- FPE Acres Map
Using Micro and Macrotopography in Wetland Restoration-Indiana Biology Technical Note No. 1

WRP Photo Collage

WRP Forms

Additional Indiana WRP maps, photography, and success stories

Floodplain Easement Program (FPE)


*information received from Indiana NRCS WRP Page


It is the policy of the Howard County Soil & Water Conservation District, that all persons shall have equal opportunity and access to the programs and facilities without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, or disability.
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