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
- 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.
WHIP cost-share agreements are generally developed for a period of 1 to 10
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
The document below requires
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
WHIP application NRCS-CPA-1200 (PDF, 4 KB)
(PDF, 38 KB)
Funding Selection and Local WHIP Priorities
These documents require Adobe
Sheet (PDF, 51 KB)
Regulation, 7 CFR 636, January 16, 2009 (PDF) Interim final rule that includes
changes to WHIP through the 2008 Farm Bill (116 KB)
Wildlife Partner Links
Please contact the District Conservationist in the
USDA Service Center nearest the location of your property.
USDA-NRCS Farm Bill Specialist
625 SE Salmon Avenue
Redmond, OR 97756
Phone: (541) 923-4358 x131
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