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Financial Assistance for Rangeland Management in Sage-Grouse Range


Through the following NRCS conservation programs ranchland operators can apply for cost-share assistance to maintain sustainable, diverse rangeland having positive effects on forage production, water recharge, water quality, and wildlife such as the sage-grouse.

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP). The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land. Through WHIP, NRCS provides both technical assistance and up to 75 percent cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. WHIP agreements between NRCS and the participant generally last from 5 to 10 years from the date the agreement is signed. For more information: Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is available to those who qualify as agricultural producers. It is a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land. For more information: Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

Grassland Reserve Program (GRP). The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps private land owners and operators restore and protect grassland, including rangeland such as the sagebrush steppe. For more information: Grassland Reserve Program.

Additional information is available from NRCS at your local USDA Service Center.