The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that the initial 2010 signup period for WHIP will end Tuesday, February 16, 2010.
The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a USDA cost-share program that provides funding to private landowners and public entities for the installation of conservation practices with the primary purpose of improving wildlife habitat.
Land with the potential to be improved as wildlife habitat is eligible. Applicants need to establish USDA program eligibility. Participants can receive cost-sharing of up to 75% of established average costs.
Applications are accepted for WHIP at anytime at the NRCS office. The cut-off for the application funding cycle is usually during the winter months. Applicants are selected based on a ranking scale that evaluates potential improvement to wildlife habitat and threatened and endangered species.
Once applicants are selected for funding a conservation plan and contract are developed. Engineering plans are drawn up for conservation practices. Projects can usually begin the following summer.
The minimum size contract is five (5) acres.
CONSERVATION PRACTICES AVAILABLE FOR FUNDING THROUGH WHIP
For additional information contact Kevin Kaltenbach at the address above.