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WHIP 2009 Annual Report

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program 2009

The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provides technical assistance and up to 75 percent cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat.

Emphasis is on declining species: bobwhite quail, elk, neo-tropical migratory songbirds and threatened or endangered species. Good habitats are also being developed and managed for numerous game and non-game species.

Highlights - 2009

  • Elk Special Project Area – 3 contracts for $20,440
  • Quail Focal Area – 17 contracts for $159,534
  • Streambank restoration – 1 contract for $21,530
  • Upland habitat – 69 contracts for $628,239
Conservation Practice Practices Installed Amount Installed
Access Control 5 139 acres
Early Successional Habitat Development/Management 82 303 acres
Fence 6 14,755 feet
Field Border 3 2,020 acres
Firebreak 108 451,819 feet
Forest Stand Improvement 40 1,072 acres
Land Clearing 54 164 acres
Prescribed Burning 160 1,169 acres
Restoration and Management, Rare and Declining Habitats 24 244 acres
Streambank and Shoreline Protection 1 600 feet
Structure for Water Control 1 1 structure
Tree/Shrub Establishment 18 153 acres
Tree/Shrub Site Preparation 13 159 acres
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management 152 3,380 acres
Watering Facility 18 23 facilities
Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management 1 9 acres
Wildlife Watering Facility 2 2 facilities


Arkansas 2009 WHIP Obligations by County

County 2009 Contracts 2009 Obligation Amount
Baxter 2 $16,312.00
Calhoun 1 $10,764.00
Carroll 1 $4,106.00
Crawford 1 $13,357.00
Faulkner 6 $82,949.80
Franklin 5 $82,828.81
Fulton 18 $147,163.50
Grant 1 $15,000.00
Izard 10 $66,642.07
Johnson 4 $26,582.59
Madison 3 $12,621.80
Monroe 1 $13,518.00
Randolph 3 $13,194.00
Saline 1 $18,733.00
Scott 1 $7,611.00
Searcy 7 $62,577.22
Sharp 2 $15,731.00
Stone 9 $61,860.00
Van Buren 2 $22,276.00
Washington 2 $16,603.00
White 8 $85,673.25
Yell 2 $33,720.00
Totals 90 $729,825.04