Thursday, June 18, 2009

NRCS News


Funds Available For Wildlife Habitat

Boise– The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has extended the sign-up period this year for the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program that enhances farm conservation practices designed to improving wildlife habitat on private lands. The application period lasts from June 15th to July 6.

WHIP is a voluntary program for landowners that improves wildlife habitat using specific conservation practices. Through WHIP, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to develop, improve or restore wildlife habitat on private lands within an agricultural or forestry operation. Payments are made to accomplish agreed upon habitat improvement practices.

“The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program helps address national, regional and state-directed fish and wildlife concerns,” said Jeff Burwell, Idaho State Conservationist. “We use input from regional, state and local stakeholders to establish species and area priorities for the multiple-year plan that guides Idaho’s program”

Idaho’s WHIP plan focuses on restoration work that addresses critical wildlife habitat needs in specific habitat types. It also emphasizes habitat restoration and management that positively impacts threatened and endangered species and species of special concern.

To support habitat requirements for specific wildlife species, the application ranking process prioritizes habitat types and geographic areas.
To read the plan, visit http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/index.html and click the link for the 'Idaho State WHIP Plan.'

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