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2010 Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program 2010

2010 Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program - Oregon

The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program that provides both technical and financial assistance to non-federal landowners and tribes to create, restore, and enhance fish and wildlife habitats. The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), as reauthorized in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill).

WHIP is offered as a continuous signup, and applications are accepted year-round with periodic ranking cutoff dates announced during the year.

The application ranking cutoff date for 2010 WHIP funding is: January 22, 2010.

Technical and Financial Assistance

The emphasis of the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is to:

  • Promote the restoration of declining or important native fish and wildlife habitats;
  • Protect, restore, develop or enhance fish and wildlife habitat to benefit at-risk species;
  • Reduce the impacts of invasive species on fish and wildlife habitats and; and
  • Protect, restore, develop or enhance declining or important aquatic wildlife species habitats.

WHIP cost-share agreements are generally developed for a period of 1 to 10 years.

2010 WHIP Practice Payment Lists

NRCS provides financial assistance to offset costs of eligible practices. WHIP payments made, either directly or indirectly, to a person or legal entity, may not exceed $50,000 per year.

Program Benefits for Historically Underserved Clients: WHIP provides practice payments that are 15 percent above the standard rate to historically underserved program participants. Historically underserved refers to groups that have not participated in or that in the past have received limited benefits through USDA programs. Click here for more information about historically underserved clients.

The document below requires Microsoft Excel.

2010 WHIP Practice Payments - Standard Rates (XLS, 46 KB)
2010 WHIP Practice Payment Rates - Historically Underserved (XLS, 40 KB)


Land eligible for WHIP includes:

  • Private agricultural land (which may include cropped woodland, marshes, incidental areas included in the agricultural operation, and other types of land used for or that have the potential to be used for production),
  • Non-industrial private forest land, and
  • Tribal land.

Non-agricultural lands, as well as State, county, or local government-owned lands are now ineligible for WHIP under the 2008 Farm Bill.

How to Apply

To participate in the program, growers must work with NRCS to identify and plan conservation measures in a conservation plan, which becomes the basis for the program application.

Once you have identified the practices you want to install on your land, work with NRCS to assemble the required application materials. In addition to the basic application forms, provided below, you will also need to work with the USDA Service Center to verify your eligibility for USDA conservation programs.

These documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader

WHIP application NRCS-CPA-1200 (PDF, 4 KB) 
NRCS-CPA-1202-CPC Appendix (PDF, 38 KB) 

Funding Selection and Local WHIP Priorities

North Coast Lower Willamette Deschutes John Day / Umatilla Snake River High Desert Southwest Upper WillametteBasin map

Additional Information

These documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader

Fact Sheet (PDF, 51 KB)
Federal Regulation, 7 CFR 636, January 16, 2009 (PDF) Interim final rule that includes changes to WHIP through the 2008 Farm Bill (116 KB)

NRCS National WHIP Web Site

Wildlife Partner Links

Contact Information

Local Contact:
Please contact the District Conservationist in the USDA Service Center nearest the location of your property.

Oregon WHIP Program Manager:
Todd Peplin
USDA-NRCS Farm Bill Specialist
625 SE Salmon Avenue
Redmond, OR 97756
Phone: (541) 923-4358 x131