Wisconsin DNR Opens Application Period for Wetland Restoration Projects Funding of 0,000

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is announcing a new opportunity for conservation groups, government organizations, and private landowners to access a total of 0,000 in funding through a federal Natural Resources Conservation Service grant. This funding will support two agricultural wetland mitigation projects, which will be added to the Wisconsin Agricultural Mitigation Bank.

The funds allocated can cover various on-the-ground costs such as engineering, site construction, seeding, and up to three years of maintenance activities. It’s important to note that the funds cannot be used for easement purchases or land acquisition. The DNR is currently accepting applications for projects, and the application period will remain open until two projects have been selected. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit their applications promptly to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Established in 2022, the Wisconsin Agricultural Mitigation Bank program offers Wisconsin farmers an additional mitigation option to comply with the Swampbuster provisions of the Food Security Act. Thanks to two grants from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the DNR has already created and administered the program and has established four agricultural wetland mitigation sites in Wisconsin.

To date, the Wisconsin Agricultural Mitigation Bank has facilitated the restoration of 35 acres of wetlands across the state, with ongoing projects in 2024.

The Wisconsin Agricultural Mitigation Bank will begin reviewing applications on a monthly basis starting March 1, 2024, until two mitigation projects have been selected to receive funding. Those interested in applying are encouraged to reach out to Nathan Dhuey, DNR Agriculture Mitigation Specialist, at Nathan.Dhuey@wisconsin.gov or 608-640-0241 to discuss potential projects.

To access the application and additional information, visit the program’s webpage on the DNR’s website. This is a great opportunity for organizations and landowners to contribute to the conservation efforts in Wisconsin while also benefiting from financial support.