Wetlands sought in Kentucky

Wetlands sought in Kentucky
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A conservation agency is offering to compensate western Kentucky farmers who want to enroll in a program that would turn low-lying lands that frequently flood into wetlands.
Shelly Morris, a project director for the Kentucky Chapter of Nature Conservancy, told The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/yPhuUo) that funding is being offered to landowners in Fulton, Hickman, Carlisle, Ballard and Graves counties.
If landowners choose to enter the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program, an easement would be placed on the property which wouldn’t allow it to be used for crops or timber. However, landowners would still retain rights to the land and be able to use it for hunting or food plots.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service says it hopes to get 5,500 acres, which would reduce runoff and improve conditions for wildlife.
Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com Published in The Messenger  3.15.12

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