Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program

The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program designed to provide technical and financial assistance to landowners for the establishment and improvement of fish and wildlife habitat.  Ranking criteria are used to select the applicants with a conservation plan that will create, enhance or protect wildlife habitat by types of wildlife habitat. 

WHIP activities are carried out according to a site specific wildlife conservation plan developed in conjunction with the producer. All wildlife practices are installed according to NRCS technical standards. Producers may elect to use an approved technical service provider for technical assistance.

WHIP offers contracts with a maximum term of 10 years. Program payments for individual practices will vary based on the average cost for a practice's implementation. Eligibility for WHIP is subject to the adjusted gross income provision of the 2008 Farm Bill.

The information on this page lists general WHIP information including ranking criteria, and provides a pre-application tool that will assist landowners to make choices about their conservation plans.

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Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program "At a glance"
Final Rule for WHIP

Michigan 2014 WHIP Documents - coming soon

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At-Risk Indicator Species
State Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program Plan for Michigan
Priority Habitats
Messic Conifer Priority Areas

Invasive Species:
Invasive Species List - Eastern Upper Peninsula
Invasive Species List - Western Upper Peninsula
Invasive Species List - Northern Lower Peninsula
Invasive Species List - Southern Lower Peninsula

Michigan Eco-regions for Invasive Species (map and text versions)

Eligible Practices & Payments:
Wild Flower Plantings


USDA Service Center e-Forms Web Site - for instructions and information.


To apply for WHIP, contact your local USDA Service Center. 
Michigan Field Office Directory

For general questions about WHIP contact the Michigan NRCS WHIP Coordinator.

WHIP Coordinator
Brian Thomas
Phone:  517-324-5259