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April 5, 2011CARROLL COUNTY, IA |  By: Compton

Wildlife Habitat Improved

The US Department of Agriculture has approved a proposal by the Missouri Department of Conservation to improve wildlife habitat on more than 1,200 acres in existing wetland easements in the lower grand river watershed.

This includes land in Carroll, Chariton, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, and Sullivan counties. MDC's proposal was submitted through the wetlands reserve enhancement program administered by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. It is one of just 5 WREP proposals selected nationwide. Charlie Rahm, public affairs director of the Missouri Department of Conservation, says Missouri used to have around 4.8 million acres of wetlands, and that the Department of Conservation is trying to restore the wetlands we have now. Through WREP, a component of the wetlands reserve program, NRCS enters into multi-year agreements with state and local governments, non-government organizations and American-Indian tribes to leverage resources and provide financial and technical assistance to eligible landowners to restore and enhance wetlands and improve wildlife habitat.