Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program
The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program that provides technical and financial assistance to improve fish and wildlife habitat or restore natural ecosystems. NRCS will pay for part of the cost of establishing and maintaining conservation practices that are necessary for enhancing and improving wildlife habitat and restoring natural ecosystems.
Applications are accepted year-round, but are ranked and funded periodically. Contact your local NRCS office for the next ranking cut-off date.
Working Lands for Wildlife is a new partnership between NRCS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to use both agencies' technical expertise combined with financial assistance from the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program to help seven specific wildlife species. These species were selected because their decline can be reversed and work to protect or restore their habitat will benefit other species with similar habitat needs.
Massachusetts' targeted species under Working Lands for Wildlife are the New England Cottontail and the bog turtle.
Application materials, payment rates and ranking criteria are available on the application materials & documents page.
Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) in Massachusetts brochure [PDF]
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