Reinvest in Minnesota Wetlands Reserve Program Acquisition and Restoration
The RIM-WRP partnership will expand past efforts and provide important benefits to the citizens of Minnesota by restoring and permanently protecting priority wetlands and associated upland native grassland wildlife habitat via perpetual conservation easements. This funding will leverage $12.6 million of federal WRP funds for the State of Minnesota and is exptected to create and sustain 343 jobs and income to local landowners, businesses and others in the state based on USDA economic estimates. With this level of funding from Outdoor Heritage Funds (OHF) we anticipate the protection and restoration of approximately 5,800 acres of new habitat under the RIM-WRP leveraging project. Since WRP receives annual appropriations from the 2008 Federal Farm Bill, this leveraging opportunity is available for at least the next five years.