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Through Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), NRCS works with partners and private landowners to focus voluntary conservation on working landscapes. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers, helping them plan and implement conservation practices that benefit target species and priority landscapes.

NRCS has a broad delivery system to put conservation on the ground at the local level, across the entire country. With nearly two thirds of all species federally listed as threatened or endangered with populations on private lands, the ability to work with private landowners and target our conservation efforts can have a tremendous impact.

This partnership uses innovative approaches with farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to restore and protect priority habitat areas for selected wildlife species. Visit the national NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife page for a current list of WLWF species.

Working Lands for Wildlife will provide financial and technical support to increase conservation efforts and share the cost of conservation practices with landowners in the areas known to support one or more of the selected species. WLFW applications within the defined habitat focal areas will receive highest consideration. Producers and landowners can enroll in WLFW on a continuous basis at their local NRCS office. Most Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) projects will be eligible for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the EQIP eligibility requirements will apply. The NRCS conservation professional you work with can help you determine which Farm Bill program can help support your proposed project. 

Target Species in New Jersey

How Does Signup for EQIP Work?

EQIP applications can be submitted anytime during the year. EQIP has a continuous sign-up with application cut-off dates to rank and prioritize any new or unfunded applications. A signed application can be filed with the local NRCS office at any time. View Current Funding Opportunities for current application periods. A signed application indicates an interest in developing a conservation plan, the first step in the application process.

EQIP is a competitive program that uses an evaluation and ranking process to assess the needs and cost effectiveness of implementing the conservation plan. Applications are grouped for competitive ranking into "funding pools" with the highest ranked applications in each pool selected for contract development. Funding pools that NRCS has established have been cropland, irrigated cropland, livestock, and forestland. View the application documents page for more information on ranking tools.

Contract offers that include practices to address soil quality, soil erosion, water quality, reduced animal waste production and reduced energy consumption are high priority.

Visit Opportunities for Historically Underserved Producers in New Jersey to learn more about how NRCS is committed to ensuring that its programs and services are accessible to all our customers, fairly and equitably, with emphasis on reaching the under served and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and tribes of our state.

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This page last updated May 11, 2021