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Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program FL 2013

The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land.

Through WHIP, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service provides both technical assistance and cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. WHIP agreements between NRCS and the participant will be for a maximum of 3 years from the date the agreement is signed. For specific cost-share amounts see the WHIP Payment Schedule below.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis with an announced cutoff date for evaluation and ranking of eligible applications each program year.

All Counties statewide are eligible.

  • Maximum individual contract funding is $50,000.
  • Minimum acreage of 10 acres, except for South Florida Rockland, where 1 acre minimum will be accepted.

2013 Priority:

The Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative in Florida will target species whose habitat decline can be reversed and will benefit other species within similar habitat needs.  Florida will target the Gopher Tortoise.

More Information:

The following forms may require one of the following: Adobe Acrobat

National Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative website

National WHIP website

State WHIP Plan - Florida (PDF 77 KB)

NRCS Biology Webpage

Florida Program Contact

Contact your local USDA-NRCS Service Center or

Jeffrey Woods, Assistant State Conservationist for Financial Assistance Programs, 352-338-9515

Kenneth Morgan, Program Specialist, 352-338-9545

Odessa Armstrong, Program Specialist, 352-338-9510