Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) - North Carolina

The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land. Through WHIP USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service provides both technical assistance and up to 75 percent cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. WHIP agreements between NRCS and the participant generally last from 5 to 10 years from the date the agreement is signed.

WHIP has proven to be a highly effective and widely accepted program across the country. By targeting wildlife habitat projects on all lands and aquatic areas, WHIP provides assistance to conservation  minded landowners who are unable to meet the specific eligibility requirements of other USDA conservation programs.

The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 reauthorized WHIP as a voluntary approach to improving wildlife habitat in our Nation. Program administration of WHIP is provided under the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

National program information, fact sheets, and other information

WHIP Plan, Conservation Practices, and Ranking Documents

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, or Microsoft Excel

2014 Payment Schedule, Working Lands for Wildlife - Golden Winged Warbler (PDF; 89 KB) (Last Modified 12/13/2013) 

North Carolina WHIP Plan (PDF; 35 KB)  (Last Modified 11/16/2006) 

Land Birds of Conservation Concern (PDF; 10 KB)  (Last Modified 11/8/2006) 

NRCS CPA-1200 Conservation Program Application (PDF; 95KB)


Program Contact

Greg Walker, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, 919-873-2104