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Golden-Winged Warbler

Working Lands for Wildlife - Golden-Winged Warbler

Working Lands for Wildlife is a new partnership between NRCS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to use agency technical expertise combined with $33 million in financial assistance from the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program to combat the decline of seven specific wildlife species whose decline can be reversed and will benefit other species with similar habitat needs.

Through Working Lands for Wildlife landowners can voluntarily participate in an incentive-based efforts to:

  • Restore populations of declining wildlife species;
  • Provide farmers, ranchers, and forest managers with regulatory certainty that conservation investments they make today help sustain their operations over the long term;
  • Strengthen and sustain rural economies by restoring and protecting the productive capacity of working lands.

In Virginia, the Golden Winged Warbler is our species of concern that can benefit from our efforts to restore its habitat. Funds available through this initiative will assist private land owners create and maintain the habitat necessary to sustain breeding populations of golden-winged warbler within and adjacent to their current range. It focuses on the creation, management and maintenance of early successional habitat in close association with forested landscapes, or adjacent to active agriculture or pastureland. Conservation efforts in support of the golden-winged warbler will benefit several other species that depend on similar habitat.

Goals / Objectives Working Lands for Wildlife will enable private landowners to create and enhance approximately 10,000 acres of early successional forest habitat over five years, precluding the need to federally list the golden-winged warbler.

Eligible Golden-Winged Warbler Focus Area

Core Practices

  • 643 Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Habitats;
  • 645 Upland Wildlife Habitat Management;
  • 647 Early Successional Habitat Development and Management

Supporting Practices

• 314 Brush Management • 315 Herbaceous Weed Control • 327 Conservation Cover •338 Prescribed Burning • 342 Critical Area Planting • 382 Fence • 386 Field Border • 394 Firebreak • 422 Hedgerow Planting • 472 Access Control • 528 Prescribed Grazing • 612 Tree/Shrub Establishment • 666 Forest Stand Improvement

Outcomes and Impacts Working Lands for Wildlife will increase improve early successional habitat, decreasing habitat fragmentation and reducing isolation of golden-winged warbler populations. The result will be an expansion of Appalachian breeding habitat and an increase in reproducing golden-winged warbler populations, decreasing the potential for listing under the Endangered Species Act.


Farm Bill Evaluation Periods for Fiscal Year 2014

Applications for financial assistance are accepted year-round. NRCS has established four ranking periods for FY2014:

Ranking Period 1: Forestry Applications received by close of business on November 15, 2013
Ranking Period 2: All Applications received by close of business on December 20, 2013
Ranking Period 3: All Applications received by close of business on January 17, 2014
Ranking Period 4: All Applications received by close of business on February 21, 2014

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Payment Schedules:

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WHIP Ranking Summaries

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Golden Winged Warbler Ranking Summary (pdf, 33kb)

When applying for EQIP or WHIP, remember that your name, address, and social security number or Employer Identification Number (EIN) must match the information you have on file with the IRS and FSA, and the information provided on the Direct Deposit Form.  If you cannot recall your EIN and address used, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-4933.  You should "Request confirmation of Employer Identification Number (EIN), IRS Letter 147C, EIN Previously Assigned.  The IRS can fax the letter to you, but you must remain on the line and have a separate open fax line to receive the fax.  The letter can be mailed. The requester will receive the IRS Letter 147C, in 7 to 10 business days.