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NRCS Accepting Applications from Ag and Forestry Producers for Special Initiative Funding through Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program

Holly L. Martien

Current Ranking Period Ends March 15, Next Ranking Period Ends April 19

ALEXANDRIA, February 21, 2013 –  USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funds from the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) will share the cost of conservation practices with landowners in Tangipahoa, Washington, St. Tammany, and St. Helena Parishes to help restore gopher tortoise habitat.  Interested producers and landowners in targeted areas who would like to be considered for funding in the current ranking period need to apply now at their local NRCS office.  Any applications received after March 15, 2013 will be considered in the next ranking period which ends April 19, 2013.

Through this project—called Working Lands for Wildlife—federal, state, and local wildlife experts are jointly identifying at-risk species that would benefit from targeted habitat restoration investments on private lands.  Using the best available science, the partners will prioritize restoration actions on a large regional scale to most cost effectively focus assistance.  In return for voluntarily making habitat improvements on their lands, the Federal government will provide landowners with regulatory certainty that they will not be asked to take additional conservation actions.

“This project provides technical and financial support for landowners who voluntarily choose to implement conservation practices for the gopher tortoise while continuing to manage the habitat as working lands,” said Acting Louisiana State Conservationist Britt Paul.  “I encourage any producer who may be interested in this project to visit our offices and submit an application for funding.”

For more information about Working Lands for Wildlife or other technical or financial assistance programs offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, please contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office.  To locate your nearest USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office, visit or look in the telephone directory under “United States Government.”


USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air, and other natural resources.  All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.

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