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New Mexico Wildlife Initiative

Photo of a Burrowing Owl on a branch



Application deadline is January 18, 2019


The 2014 Farm Bill did not re-authorize the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP). Addressing wildlife habitat resource concerns in New Mexico is still an important issue.

In order to compensate for the loss of WHIP, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - New Mexico proposed a state wildlife initiative using Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds.  This proposal was presented to the New Mexico State Technical Committee which endorsed it.

Assistance to agricultural producers will be offered to address wildlife habitat resource concerns within selected rare or declining habitats.  The highest priority habitats will be the following:

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.

To view maps and a description of all of New Mexico’s priority wildlife habitats please go the NM State Wildlife Plan.

Applications will be evaluated using the established Ranking Criteria (PDF; 19 KB).


Please contact your local NRCS Field Office for more information.

Kristin Graham Chavez
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
(505) 761-4404

Kenneth J. Branch
Resource Conservationist for Programs
(505) 761-4454 voice
(855) 538-6003 fax