Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) 2013
Staff Contact: Tim Garrahan, Farm Bill Program Manager
Phone: (302) 678-4260
FAX: (302) 678-0843
or Delaware Local Service Center
The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is a competitive program using a combination of statewide and county ranking systems to fund the most environmentally beneficial projects.
The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program provides financial incentives to develop habitat for fish and wildlife on private land. Participants agree to implement a wildlife habitat development plan and USDA agrees to provide cost-share assistance for the initial implementation of wildlife habitat development practices. The agreement is for five to ten years.
*NEW! WHIP Brochure
NEW! Next batch date for 2014 WHIP set for December 20, 2013
*NEW! 2014 Application Cutoff Dates:
a.1st Application Cutoff Date – December 20, 2013
b.2nd Application Cutoff Date – January 17, 2014
c.3rd Application Cutoff Date – February 21, 2014
d. 4th Application Cutoff Date- March 21, 2014
e. 5th Application Cutoff Date - April 18, 2014
f. 6th Application Cutoff Date - May 16, 2014
Delaware 2014 WHIP Payment Schedule
Delaware 2013 WHIP Application Form and Related Documents
2013 WHIP Control of Land Form (DOC; 25 KB)
2013 WHIP Application (NRCS-CPA-1200) and Appendix (PDF; 39 KB)
2013 WHIP Practice Approval And Payment Application Form NRCS-1245 (PDF: 45KB)
2013 WHIP Participant Checklist for NRCS Financial Assistance Programs (DOCX: 14 KB)
2013 WHIP Eligible Practice List and Payment Schedule (XLSX; 252 KB)
Working Lands for Wildlife
The Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) partnership is using agency technical expertise along with financial assistance from NRCS’ Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) to combat the decline of seven specific wildlife species. The seven species initially selected for this expanded campaign are: New England cottontail, bog turtle, golden-winged warbler, gopher tortoise, greater sage-grouse, lesser prairie-chicken, and the Southwestern willow flycatcher.
In Delaware where bog turtle habitat is the focus, landowners in New Castle County can receive financial assistance to manage and restore high-priority habitats by implementing beneficial conservation practices.
Interested Delaware landowners can sign-up for financial assistance through WHIP to manage and restore high-priority habitats for bog turtle. Land eligible for WHIP includes private agricultural or forest land. Selected landowners will have a conservation plan developed to address concerns specific to bog turtle habitat. A conservation plan is a voluntary technical tool that helps landowners identify conservation measures that provide the greatest conservation benefits on the land.
Applications within the priority habitat areas will receive highest consideration. NRCS funds from WHIP will share the cost of conservation practices.
National Program Information
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) Success Stories