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Applications being accepted for wildlife habitat program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP). Landowners may apply for WHIP at any time, however applications received by April 15 will be evaluated and considered for the 2009 program year. Applications received after that date will be held until the next evaluation period.

WHIP provides landowners an opportunity to improve wildlife habitat. The program provides financial incentives for installing eligible practices on land they own or control. The landowner must devote at least 10 acres to eligible wildlife practices.

In Kentucky, the primary focus of WHIP is to improve early successional and forestland habitats for declining species and other wildlife. Restoring remnant prairies, planting native grasses, shrubs and trees, imple- menting wildlife beneficial forest stand improvements, and creating shallow water areas are some of the eligible practices for the program.

Excluding livestock from sensitive streams and woodland is also important. Since WHIP focuses on improvement to wildlife cover, food plots are not eligible.

WHIP applications are evaluated and ranked to determine which applications provide the most beneficial habitats.

For more information or to submit an application, contact Don Hurst, district conservationist, at (606) 666- 5138 or Derek Beard, biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, at (859) 224-7405.

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