NRCS ANNOUNCES APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR WILDLIFE PROJECTS
June 20 Cutoff Set for Wildlife Habitat Incentives
Program (WHIP) in Oregon
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bill White: (503) 414-3267,
Portland, June 5, 2008 — From now until June 20, land managers have
the opportunity to apply for wildlife conservation funding through the Wildlife
Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) for the current funding cycle.
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. In Oregon, program emphasis is placed on enhancement
and restoration of upland habitats and plant communities, habitats for
threatened and endangered species, and locally identified species of concern.
Selected program participants may receive funding of 50 percent of the
average installation cost for eligible practices. Agreements are generally
developed for a period of five to ten years.
WHIP is administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS),
which accepts applications year-round. Funding decisions, however, are made at
cutoff points during the year.
The June 20 application cutoff will be the final application ranking period
for WHIP under the program rules of the 2002 Farm Bill. More about the new Farm
Bill will be available on the
USDA Web site as information is developed.
Those interested in the current WHIP sign up should apply through their local
NRCS service center. For more information about WHIP, including local program
priorities, approved practices, and cost-share rates, please visit:
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