WHIP deadline is June 10

WHIP deadline is June 10

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:00 pm

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Tennessee has been allocated over $1 million for the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program.
Owners and operators of agricultural land and (non-industrial) private forestland who are interested in applying for WHIP should apply on or before June 10, which is the sign-up cutoff date for funding consideration.  Applications are received year round but cutoff dates are set to rank applications for funding.
In WHIP, conservationists help landowners develop a conservation plan that preserves wildlife habitat. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to landowners and operators to develop or enhance upland, wetland, riparian and aquatic habitat areas on their property. Eligible producers with a conservation plan for their operation receive priority for financial assistance. Only projects that are “ready to implement” will be ranked for funding.
NRCS offers conservation programs for a variety of conservation needs. Along with wildlife, other resource concerns to be addressed include limiting livestock access to streams, grazing distribution, wetland restoration and protection, and erosion control. For additional information, producers are encouraged to contact a local NRCS Service Center.
NRCS has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America’s private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water and other natural resources since 1935.
For program information, contact John Rissler at (615) 277-2576 or AnnSue Wattenbarger at (615) 277-2570.

Published in The Messenger 5.21.13

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