Wetland Protection and Restoration Program

The goal of the Wetland Protection and Restoration Program (WPRP) is to help protect the water quality of Lake Champlain through the restoration and protection of wetlands.  Wetlands play a vital role in protecting the water quality of our rivers and lakes. Since colonial times Vermont has lost an estimated 35 percent of its wetlands.

The WPRP was created in 2006 as part of Governor Douglas’ Clean and Clear Action Plan. The program is administered by the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. The WPRP is a voluntary program designed to provide financial and technical assistance to landowners for restoring and protecting wetlands.

Benefits of the program

  • Financial incentives, such as:
    • payment for purchase of wetland portion of property
    • payment for wetland easements
    • payment for incorporating the wetland into an existing easement
    • fully funded wetland restoration design and implementation
    • leverage of other funding sources
  • Creation of wildlife habitat
  • Enhanced recreational opportunities

The Department is actively seeking wetland restoration and protection opportunities. Ideal wetland restoration sites are those that historically functioned as wetlands but were converted to other uses through ditching and draining.

The Department often works jointly with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's Wetlands Reserve Program to make supplementary resources avaiable to the landowner.

Contact Wetland Protection and Restoration Program

Contact Wetland Protection and Restoration Program

April Moulaert
Wetland Restoration and Protection Specialist
Department of Fish & Wildlife
103 South Main Street
10 South
Waterbury, Vermont  05671
Phone: 802-241-1054


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Vermont