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2012 Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program

2012 Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) | Utah NRCS

2011 Wildlife Habitat Incentives ProgramThe 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 Resource Conservation Service provides both technical assistance and financial 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 2008 Farm Bill (Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008) 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.

State WHIP Plan

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Utah State WHIP Plan (PDF, 139 KB)

National WHIP Site

WHIP Priorities for Fiscal Year 2012

FY 2012 WHIP will be delivered and administered similar to the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). Individuals will sign-up and be entered and ranked through ProTracts. Landscape scale projects with partnerships and multiple participants will receive additional points in the ranking process.
Applications received for WHIP will be ranked on a State wide basis. The application will be placed into one of the following fund pools: WHIP Sage-Grouse, Wildlife – Upland, or Wildlife-Riparian/Wetland.

2012 WHIP applications will be ranked and funded on an ongoing basis. Producers are encouraged to contact their local NRCS office for technical assistance and guidance through the process.

In order to provide direction for implementing WHIP to achieve its objective, NRCS has established the following national priorities for restoration and enhancement of wildlife habitat:

  • 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;
  • Protect, restore, develop, or enhance declining or important aquatic wildlife species’ habitats; and
  • Protect, restore, develop, or enhance important migration and other movement corridors for wildlife.

Land Control

  • The applicant has control of the land for the term of the proposed contract. Click here for more information on requirements for land control. (PDF, 84 kb)

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2011 Eligible Conservation Practices (XLS, 28 KB)
2011 WHIP Payment Schedules (XLS, 70 KB)
2011 WHIP Ranking Tool: Sage Grouse (PDF, 181 KB)
2011 WHIP Ranking Tool: Wildlife Upland (PDF, 8 KB)
2011 WHIP Ranking Tool: Wildlife Riparian/Wetland (PDF, 8 KB)

Archived WHIP



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

Utah WHIP Program Manager:

Pedro Ramos
(801) 524-4552