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
Early Successional Habitat Development/Management
Forest Stand Improvement
Restoration and Management, Rare and Declining Habitats