The Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) partnership is using agency technical expertise along with financial assistance from NRCS’ Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) to combat the decline of seven specific wildlife species. The seven species initially selected for this expanded campaign are: New England cottontail, bog turtle, golden-winged warbler, gopher tortoise, greater sage-grouse, lesser prairie-chicken, and the Southwestern willow flycatcher.
In Delaware where bog turtle habitat is the focus, landowners in New Castle County can receive financial assistance to manage and restore high-priority habitats by implementing beneficial conservation practices.
Interested Delaware landowners can sign-up for financial assistance through WHIP to manage and restore high-priority habitats for bog turtle. Land eligible for WHIP includes private agricultural or forest land. Selected landowners will have a conservation plan developed to address concerns specific to bog turtle habitat. A conservation plan is a voluntary technical tool that helps landowners identify conservation measures that provide the greatest conservation benefits on the land.
Applications within the priority habitat areas will receive highest consideration. NRCS funds from WHIP will share the cost of conservation practices.