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Forest Land Programs: Quick Facts

This page briefly describes basic information about the WHIP and EQIP programs for forest land.

Who is eligible?
  • Individuals, groups and entities who own forest land or land that is capable of growing trees are eligible to apply.

  • In order to participate, you need to have a forest management plan. Financial assistance may be available to help you develop a forest management plan if you do not have one.

  • Please read more on the eligibility requirements page.

Is there a minimum acreage requirement?
  • There are no minimum acreage requirements to apply for WHIP or EQIP, however, projects that address significant resource concerns are more likely to receive funding.

What are the payment limitations for each program?
  • Payments for EQIP are limited to $300,000 over a six year period.

  • Payments for WHIP are limited to $50,000 each year.

  • Participants will be reimbursed for part of the cost of installing conservation practices after the practices have been installed.

When should I apply?
  • You may sign up for this program at any time through your local NRCS office. Applications are accepted all year, but are reviewed in a competitive ranking process when funding becomes available - usually once each year.

Are there any new provisions that I should be aware of?