Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP)
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
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The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) is a program offering cost-share
incentives to landowners to voluntarily develop and improve wildlife habitat on
private lands. Participants work with NRCS and their local conservation district
to develop a wildlife habitat development plan and contract. The plan describes
the landowner's goals for improving wildlife habitat, includes a list of practices
and a schedule for installing them, and specifies the steps necessary to maintain
the new habitat for the life of the agreement.
All privately owned rural lands are eligible for participation in WHIP.
Applicants must have their farm records established and an Adjusted Gross Income
(AGI) certification in place with the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In addition,
the applicant must be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetlands
conservation provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985. Applications will not
be evaluated unless the required farm records are in place.
Applications will be taken on a continuous sign-up basis and high priority
applications, based on specific ranking criteria, will be selected for funding
from four regional evaluation pools. Periodic ranking cut-offs will be set and
applications ranked and selected for funding. All successful applicants will be required to
develop, implement, and maintain a WHIP Plan of Operations (WPO) during their
individual WHIP contract period. For details about the WHIP program or to make
an application, contact your local NRCS Field Service Center.
Application Process, Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria
Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, but only those received
by the application ranking cut-off will be considered for the funding selections.
Funding selections will be made exclusively from those applications
Applicants may apply by completing the NRCS-CPA-1200 Application Form and
Appendix and submit it to their local
NRCS Field Service Center.
Application Form with Appendix (PDF, 42 KB)
Map of WHIP Wildlife Ranking Areas in Oklahoma
(PDF; 217 KB)
Ranking Criteria - Northwest
Prairies and Cropland
(PDF; 9 KB)
Ranking Criteria - Northeast
Woodlands and Prairies (PDF;
Ranking Criteria - Southwest
Rolling Prairies and Woodlands (PDF;
Ranking Criteria - Southeast
Forests and Grasslands (PDF;
Criteria for Beginning Farmer/Ranchers - statewide (PDF; 9 KB)
Criteria for Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Ranchers - statewide (PDF;
Eligible Practices and Payment Rates
Practice Payment Rates (PDF; 497 KB)
WHIP Implementation Plan 2007-2012 (PDF; 249 KB)
Map 1998 to 2002 (PDF; 104 KB)
- Summary (PDF; 124 KB)
Map 1998 to 2000 (PDF; 118 KB)
- Annual Report (PDF; 450 KB)
- Implementation Plan (PDF; 27.9 KB)
- Implementation Plan (PDF; 120 KB)
Archive Data and Contacts
For archived information on program
information, eligibility requirements, funding levels, sign-up criteria, and
priorities for prior year programs contact the NRCS state office.
Email: Kenneth Hitch
For additional information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Field Service Center.