The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced a July 12 deadline for Missouri landowners in 27 counties to apply for financial assistance through the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).
WHIP enhances habitat on eligible land for upland and wetland wildlife, threatened and endangered species, and other types of wildlife identified as rare or declining species. State Conservationist J.R. Flores said that many types of land, including grassland, woodland, wetlands, stream and riparian areas, agricultural land and non-agricultural land may be eligible for WHIP funds.
“Landowners do not need to be agricultural producers to participate in WHIP,” Flores said. “It’s a land-management rather than a land-retirement program. It’s just one component of the conservation improvements individuals might want to make on their land.”
Land in Bates, Bollinger, Boone, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Dade, Daviess, Franklin, Gasconade, Gentry, Greene, Harrison, Lawrence, Livingston, Linn, Macon, Madison, Montgomery, Pike, Randolph, Reynolds, Shannon, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Vernon counties is eligible this year.
To sign up for WHIP or to get more information about this and other NRCS programs, contact the NRCS office serving your county. Look in the phone book under “U.S. Government, Department of Agriculture,” or click on the “contact us” tab at www.mo.nrcs.usda.gov.