By Brooke Smart, NRCS Resource Conservationist
NRCS has invested significant technical and financial resources under the federal Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), now Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE), to improve water quality and fish habitat in New Hamp-shire’s streams flowing over private land. NRCS pays 100% for conservation easements with a qualifying wetland restoration component. WRE offers landowners the opportunity to voluntarily restore and protect wetlands on their property and focus on restoring hydrology and plants as well as protecting wildlife and mi-gratory birds. NRCS provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restora-tion efforts. Floodplain forests and coastal marshes are among wetlands restored through WRE.