2010 Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program

The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for private landowners to develop and improve high quality habitat that supports wildlife populations of National, State, Tribal, and local significance. Through WHIP, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial assistance. WHIP agreements can be for a time period with a minimum duration of one year after completion of the conservation practices, but not more than ten years.

Montana Youth for Wildlife is a special initiative designed to specifically expose Montana's youth to natural resource concerns for fish and wildlife and their habitat needs. The initiative provides an opportunity for our youth to be involved in assessing and improving habitat needs for fish and wildlife species in the state.

The Montana WHIP State Plan is the result of a collaborative effort by the Wildlife and Wetlands Working Group of the State Technical Advisory Committee. The plan describes objectives and priorities for WHIP in Montana.

Application Deadlines

Applications for WHIP must be made by June 1, 2010 to be considered for funding in fiscal year 2011. Applications made after the application deadline will be considered in the next funding cycle.

Applications are being accepted through April 23, 2010 for the National Sage Grouse Special Initiative.

WHIP Ranking Criteria

If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Kris Berg at 406-587-6849.

The following documents require Adobe Reader.

Intermountain Native Prairie Habitat Priority (PDF; 12KB)
Intermountain Riparian/Instream/Wetlands Habitat (PDF; 12KB)

Northern Great Plains Instream/Riparian/Wetlands Habitat Priority (PDF; 12KB)
Northern Great Plains Native Prairie Habitat Priority (PDF; 12KB)

Prairie Pothole Native Prairie Habitat Priority (PDF; 12KB)
Prairie Pothole Wetlands/Instream/Riparian Habitat (PDF; 12KB)

National Sage-grouse Initiative (PDF; 46KB)

Prior-Year WHIP (Archives)

For More Information

For more information and updates about the WHIP, please refer to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Web site, the national NRCS Web site, or contact one of the Montana NRCS personnel listed below.


Carrie Mosley, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: 406-587-6967
Email: Carrie.Mosley