Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
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The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) provides financial incentives to develop habitat for fish and wildlife on private lands. Participants agree to implement a NRCS approved wildlife habitat plan and NRCS agrees to provide financial assistance for the implementation of wildlife beneficial conservation practices. Financial assistance is available to help the participant with the cost of conservation practice establishment.
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Eligible lands include privately owned lands, including lands owned by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Indian Tribal lands. Other lands may be eligible if they are of sufficiently high priority to merit use of WHIP resources as determined by the State Conservationist. Applicants must own or be in control of the land and be in compliance with the conservation provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985 as amended regarding highly erodible land and wetlands.
Conservation Practices Available
Conservation practices available are those needed to restore, enhance, and maintain the planned habitat. Examples include range planting, brush management, prescribed grazing and wildlife habitat management.
How to Participate
Persons interested in applying for this program must complete and submit an electronic application form NRCS-CPA-1200 to the local NRCS office servicing the county where the land is located. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis; however, ranking window cutoffs are established yearly to determine applications to be funded in that fiscal year. Contact NRCS for current information on the cutoff date.
Also see the national NRCS web site for more information about the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program.
Lori Ziehr, State Financial Program Manager