United States

Department of


Natural Resources



1351A HIGHWAY 146 Bypass

Liberty, Texas 77575

PH.  (936) 336-9145 Ext.3

FAX (936) 336-7224


Various Types of Assistance Available for Wetland Restoration and Enhancement

June 2000


The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Lower Trinity Soil and Water Conservation District work together in Liberty County to provide technical assistance to private landowners, helping them conserve, improve and orderly develop their soil, water, plant, wildlife, and related resources. 


There are several financial assistance programs available through the NRCS.


Texas Prairie Wetlands Program (TPWP):

This program is administered and funded by the USDA-NRCS, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Ducks Unlimited.  Cost-share assistance (75 to 100%) is available to restore, improve, and create wetlands on private lands.  A ten to fifteen year management plan (agreement) is developed jointly and is carried out by the landowner.  NRCS and Ducks Unlimited write the management plan and survey and design any needed structures.  The landowner agrees to follow the management plan (Wetland Development Agreement) for the life of the contract.


Wetland Reserve Program (WRP):

This federally funded program is administered by the NRCS.  There are two basic requirements for the wetland to be eligible, the wetland hydrology must have been altered, and the wetland must be restorable.  Applications are reviewed and compete on a statewide basis for WRP funds.

Three options are available:

1.      Wetland Restoration Cost-Share Agreement                                                    The landowner agrees to a minimum ten-year contract(agreement) in return for cost-share (75%) to restore the wetlands.  The landowner agrees to manage and use the area according to the Restoration Plan.

2.      Thirty-Year Conservation Easement                                                                  The landowner sells a 30-year easement to the NRCS for 75% of the appraised agricultural value of the land.  NRCS pays 75% of the cost to restore the wetland.  Management and use of the land during the easement period is granted to the landowner by NRCS through a management plan.  The landowner is allowed some use of the land through the restoration plan and by making compatible use requests, which must be approved by the NRCS.

3.      Permanent Easement                                                                                                       The landowner sells a permanent easement to the NRCS for 100% of the appraised agricultural value of the land.  NRCS pays 100% of the cost to restore the wetland.  A permanent easement is attached to the deed.  The landowner agrees to manage the land according to a management plan written by the NRCS, describing acceptable uses of the land.




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