The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program. Landowners may apply at any time; however, applications received by Jan. 9 will be considered for the 2004 program year.
Applications received after that date are held until the next evaluation period.
WHIP provides land users an opportunity to improve wildlife habitat on land that they own or control by implementing eligible practices at a 75 percent cost-share rate.
In Kentucky, the primary focus of WHIP is to restore and create early succesional habitats. Planting native grasses, shrubs, and wildlife-friendly introduced grasses are eligible practices under Kentucky's 2004 WHIP cost-share assistance.
Other eligible practices include filter strips; forest stand improvement; field borders; tree plantings; riparian buffers; wildlife watering holes; and fencing to exclude livestock from streams, woodland, wetlands, and wildlife lands.