With the enactment of the Agricultural Act (February 7, 2014) funding provided for the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) in FY-2014 is no longer available for obligations. WHIP is not reauthorized.
NRCS will honor and continue to support fiscal year 2014 WHIP program contracts using the rules and policy that was in effect at the time of contract obligations.
Portions of the WHIP Statute were rolled into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Anyone still interested in applying for wildlife projects in programs should go to the EQIP web page.
The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) was a voluntary program that provided technical and financial assistance to improve fish and wildlife habitat or restore natural ecosystems. NRCS paid for part of the cost of establishing and maintaining conservation practices that are necessary for enhancing and improving wildlife habitat and restoring natural ecosystems.
Working Lands for Wildlife is a 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.