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2012 Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program

Working Lands for Wildlife 

usfws logoWorking 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 WHIP 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.

Alabama's Targeted Declining Wildlife Species

 Gopher tortoise Gopher Tortoise

States within Priority Habitat Areas: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina

National Working Lands for Wildlife Website - Details of Program

WHIP Program Archive  

News Releases


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Success Stories
     Increasing Gopher Tortoise Habitat Through Working Lands For Wildlife Initiative (9-12)
     Gopher Tortoise Seen Laying Eggs in Mobile County (6-12)


Some Things You Should Know About Wildlife in Alabama - a 162 page booklet for anyone interested in wildlife
  With graphics (pdf. 4.7 MB)
  Text Only (.pdf., 1.5 MB)