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Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program Application Deadline set for June 10, 2013

USDA / NRCS Tennessee
675 U.S. Courthouse
801 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

Contact: Jeanne Eastham, State Public Affairs Specialist
(615) 452-3838 Ext. 110

Nashville, Tennessee— The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Tennessee has been allocated over $1 million dollars for the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP). Owners and operators of agricultural land and (non-industrial) private forestland who are interested in applying for WHIP should apply on or before Monday, June 10, 2013, which is the sign-up cutoff date for funding consideration. Applications are received year round but cutoff dates are set to rank applications for funding.

In WHIP, conservationists help landowners develop a conservation plan that preserves wildlife habitat. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to landowners and operators to develop or enhance upland, wetland, riparian, and aquatic habitat areas on their property. Eligible producers with a conservation plan for their operation receive priority for financial assistance. Only projects that are “ready to implement” will be ranked for funding. NRCS offers conservation programs for a variety of conservation needs. Along with wildlife, other resource concerns to be addressed include limiting livestock access to streams, grazing distribution, wetland restoration and protection, and erosion control. For additional information, producers are encouraged to contact their local NRCS Service Center. Service center locations and more information on the programs can be found at

NRCS has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water and other natural resources since 1935.

For program information, contact John Rissler at (615) 277-2576 or AnnSue Wattenbarger at (615) 277-2570.


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