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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