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Priority Eligible Practices l New Hampshire NRCS

WHIP Priority and Eligible Practices

The 2008 Farm Bill set the following conservation priorities for WHIP:                
�  Promote the restoration of declining or important native fish and wildlife habitats.              
�  Protect, restore, develop or enhance fish and wildlife habitat to benefit at-risk species              
�  Reduce the impacts of invasive species on fish and wildlife habitats; and                
�  Protect, restore, develop or enhance declining or important aquatic wildlife species� habitats.            
NRCS and its conservation partners developed a state plan to direct WHIP financial and technical assistance to several areas. Applications are accepted year-round for individual projects that meet one of these priority habitat areas.

Targeted habitats in New Hampshire                      
� Grasslands, shrublands, and early successional forests.                  
� Wetlands, including vernal pool floodplains, wet meadows, forested wetlands, salt marshes, brooks and streams through fields and forests, and esturine habitats with potential for aquaculture.
� Mature forests, field borders, and areas adjacent to water.                  
� Agricultural and forested lands with non-native, or invasive species.                
Examples of WHIP conservation practices                      
� Early successional habitat development and management                  
� Fish passage                            
� Wetland restoration                          
� Establishing trees and shrubs                        
� Riparian forest buffer                          
� Invasive plant control                          
Contact: Deb Weymouth, Resource Conservationist,  603-868-9931 ext. 102                


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