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EQIP for Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife habitat management is important in reducing threats to wildlife due to habitat loss, disease, and invasive species. Through EQIP, NRCS is helping private landowners manage existing cropland, forestland and pasture to best meet wildlife habitat needs, or establish new wildlife habitat areas.

Current habitat conditions on your land will be evaluated by NRCS to determine a plan for restoration. Plans with the largest impact on and benefit to wildlife habitat will be prioritized for funding.

EQIP provides payments to restore and manage wildlife habitat through conservation practices such as:

  • Aquatic Organism Passage
  • Conservation Cover
  • Early Successional Habitat Development and Management
  • Field Border
  • Hedgerows
  • Prescribed Burning
  • Riparian Buffers
  • Stream Habitat Improvement and Management
  • Upland or Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management
  • And many more!

EQIP for Wildlife Habitat Overview Fact Sheet

Priority Habitat Fact Sheets


NRCS Field Offices, located in the USDA Service Centers in each Maryland county, can provide additional details and program assistance concerning EQIP Wildlife eligibility requirements, practices, and payments. Applicants must meet all EQIP eligibility requirements.

Program Contacts

Mikel Williams Hawkins
Farm Bill Specialist
Phone: 443.482.2923

Steve Strano
State Biologist
Phone: 443.482.2928