The 2008 Farm Bill set the following conservation priorities for
• 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
• 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
• Mature forests, field borders, and areas adjacent to water.
• Agricultural and forested lands with non-native, or invasive
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
Weymouth, Resource Conservationist, 603-868-9931 ext. 102