Missouri landowners interested in participating in the Wetlands Reserve Program should apply by Feb. 22 to be eligible for the next round of funding, the Natural Resources Conservation Service announced.

WRP is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to restore, enhance, and protect wetlands on their properties. NRCS provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts.

Missouri NRCS has increased WRP easement rate caps and updated its ranking form. The ranking form and the rate cap map for Missouri's five WRP geographic regions are viewable via the Internet at: http://www.mo.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/wrp/wrp_eligibility.html.