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Quail Habitat Restoration Initiative

Statewide Quail Habitat Restoration Initiative (QHRI)

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Program Description

Northern Bobwhites (quail) have declined throughout much of Oklahoma due to habitat loss and fragmentation. This decline of what many described as an icon of rural living prompted the development of a 5-year initiative in 2007 to advance restoration efforts.  These efforts are now being continued across the State through the Statewide Quail Habitat Restoration Initiative (QHRI)

The Quail Habitat Restoration Initiative will continue to operate under the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) to provide financial assistance payments to landowners willing to restore and manage quail habitat. Restoration efforts within “Focal Areas” that have been identified as having a high potential for eliciting population growth and expansion will receive a high priority for funding. Conservation efforts are intended to provide multiple benefits to agriculture production, water quality and habitat restoration to other wildlife species of special concern.

Upland Wildlife Habitat management (645) will be the core practice for all projects within this initiative and must be included on all Contract acres. All planned practices must address the most limiting factor(s) as determined by the OSU Extension Publication E-904 Habitat Appraisal Guide for Bobwhite Quail. Practices must be planned to meet the quality rating or habitat suitability index (HIS) score of 0.5 or greater as required in the 645 standard.

Quail Habitat Focal Areas

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) aided in identifying areas where restoration efforts are deemed to be most likely to succeed. The Suitability Model along with discussions with resource professionals, and information on local conservation needs, agriculture production, USDA program activity, threat of conversion and partnership opportunities were used to identify Focal Areas.

 Map of Quail Habitat Focal Areas (PDF; 109 KB)

Eligibility and Application Process

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, but only those received by the established application ranking cut-off will be considered for the initial selections.  Funding selections will be made exclusively from those applications received.

Applicants may apply by completing the NRCS-CPA-1200 Application Form and Appendix and submit it to their local NRCS Field Service Center.

Evaluation and Ranking Criteria

Screening Tool (PDF; 13 KB)
Ranking and Evaluation Criteria (PDF; 13 KB)

Eligible Practices and Payment Rates

  • 314 - Brush Management
  • 315 - Herbaceous Weed Control
  • 338 - Prescribed Burning
  • 386 - Field Border
  • 394 - Firebreak
  • 472 - Access Control
  • 528 - Prescribed Grazing
  • 550 - Range Planting
  • 612 - Tree/Shrub Establishment
  • 643 - Restoration and management of Rare or Declining habitats
  • 645 - Upland Wildlife habitat Management (core Practice must be contracted on all acres)
  • 647 - Early Successional Habitat Development
  • 666 - Forest Stand Improvement



Kenneth Hitch
Resource Conservationist
Phone: 405-742-1208
Email: Kenneth Hitch

For additional information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Field Service Center.

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