Reinvest in Minnesota Wetlands Reserve Program Acquisition and Restoration

BWSR

Quick Facts

Recipient: 
BWSR
Source: 
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Recipient Type: 
State Government
Status: 
In Progress
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition, Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected 
Statewide

The Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve–Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) Partnership will accelerate the restoration and protection of approximately 4,620 acres of previously drained wetlands and associated upland native grassland wildlife habitat complexes via perpetual conservation easements. The goal of the RIM-WRP Partnership is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, while optimizing wildlife habitat on every acre enrolled in the partnership. The RIM-WRP partnership enables Minnesota to leverage $1.4 of federal WRP funding for every state dollar available through RIM Reserve. This appropriation request of $6.895 million from the Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF) will leverage $9.653 million in WRP funds to Minnesota. We expect to enroll approximately 46 permanent conservation easements totaling 4,620 acres of wetland grassland wildlife habitat complexes. This will enable the RIM-WRP partnership to restore approximately 230 previously drained wetland basins totaling 1,525 wetland acres, and the restoration of native grassland prairies on approximately 3,095 acres. Since WRP is an annual funded program through the 2008 Federal Farm Bill, this leveraging opportunity is available to Minnesota for at least the next four years.

Project Details

Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2010
End Date: 
June 2015

Project Details by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year(s): 
2011
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2010, Ch. 361, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 4(c)
Appropriation Language 

$6,895,000 in fiscal year 2011 is to the Board of Water and Soil Resources to acquire permanent conservation easements and restore wetlands and associated uplands in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture Wetlands Reserve Program. A list of proposed acquisitions and a list of proposed projects, describing the types and locations of restorations, must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. All restorations must comply with subdivision 9, paragraph (b).

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$6,895,000
Other Funds Leveraged: 
$75,000,000
Direct expenses: 
$6,895,000
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
1.5
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Restore and Protect 46 easements totaling 4,620 acres of protected and restored wetland and native grassland wildlife habitat complexes

Source of Additional Funds: 

federal WRP funds, USDA technical assistance

Project Manager

Kevin J.
Lines
BWSR
520 Lafayette Road, Suite 200
St. Paul
MN
55155
(651) 297-1894