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					Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
2011 - Supplement to WHIP Manual                                         October 19, 2010

PURPOSE - The purpose of this document is to provide a Georgia Supplement to the national
WHIP Program Manual. It is intended as a policy document; and to provide additional technical
criteria, and program guidance, only when Georgia FOTG standards and job sheets do not
provide sufficient detail to meet BOTH the technical standard and program requirements.
NRCS-Georgia staff is directed to reference the FOTG on all practices contained within the WHIP
practice list.

Contracts are for 3 years (5 years with prescribed burning), with a minimum 10 acres of land
owned and a maximum of $15,000 per contract.

517.22-GA.1 - PRODUCER ELIGIBILITY
Landowners who can provide evidence of control or ownership of the land are eligible to
participate in WHIP. All landowners must meet producer eligibility requirements, as outlined in
EQIP guidance.
517.25-GA.1 – EVALUATIONG APPLICATIONS
Applications will be ranked based on the following criteria:
   1. The mandated national ranking criteria
       AND
   2. State ranking criteria, which includes:
           a. A current management plan in place
           b. The current and/or projected basal area of pine stands
           c. Willingness of landowner to thin and burn
           d. Possibility of protecting high priority habitats and species
           e. Willingness to manage for early successional habitat
       AND
   3. Local ranking criteria, which could include:
           a. Proximity to other protected land
           b. Previous contract cancellation and schedule
           c. Existence of invasive/exotic species
           d. Establishment/maintenance of wildlife openings
517.10.-GA.1 and 517.11-GA.1 – CONSERVATION PLANNING
In Georgia, WHIP practices in the conservation plan should focus on:
   1. Thinning of existing pines (loblolly, slash, shortleaf, longleaf) to < 50 BA
   2. Prescribed burning of pines and fire adapted upland oaks that are < 70 BA



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   3. Two year prescribed burn rotation in pine stands; 3-5 year burn rotation in fire-adapted
      hardwoods
   4. Control of invasive/exotic species (see list below)
   5. Planting of hardwoods is an approved practice; planting pines is NOT an approved
      practice
515.81-GA.1 – ELIGIBLE WHIP PRACTICE LIST
NRCS-Georgia, with input from the State Technical Committee, has identified the following key
priority habitats for FY 2011:
    1. Early Successional Habitats
    2. Pine Savanna Ecosystems
    3. Riparian Forest Buffer
    4. Hardwood Ecosystems
    5. Endangered Species Habitat
    6. Rare or Declining Habitats

NRCS-Georgia, with input from the State Technical Committee, has identified the following
practices to be eligible for payments during fiscal year 2011 based on the listed State Resource
Issues.

Early Successional Habitats
      647 - Early Successional Habitat                     422 - Hedgerow planting
      393 - Filter Strip (NWSG)                            595 - Pest Management
      382 - Fence                                          338 - Prescribe Burning
      666 - Forest Stand Improvement

Pine Savanna Ecosystems
     647 - Early Successional Habitat                    655 - Forest Trails and Landings
     382 - Fence                                         595 - Pest Management
     666 - Forest Stand Improvement                      338 - Prescribed Burning

Riparian Forest Buffer
     382 - Fence                                         390 - Riparian Herbaceous Cover
     595 - Pest Management                               490 - Tree and Shrub Preparation
     391 - Riparian Forest Buffer

Hardwood Ecosystems
     647 - Early Successional Habitat                      595 - Pest Management
     382 - Fence                                           338 - Prescribed Burning
     666 - Forest Stand Improvement                        612 - Tree/Shrub Establishment
     655 - Forest Trails and Landings                      490 - Tree/Shrub Preparation




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Endangered Species Habitat
     647 - Early Successional Habitat                      391 - Riparian Forest Buffer
     382 - Fence                                           390 - Riparian Herbaceous Cover
     393 - Filter Strip                                    595 - Pest Management
     666 - Forest Stand Improvement                        338 - Prescribe Burning
     655 - Forest Trails and Landings                      612 - Tree/Shrub Establishment
     422 - Hedgerow Planting                               490 - Tree/Shrub Preparation

Rare or Declining Habitats
     647 - Early Successional Habitat                      595 - Pest Management
     382 - Fence                                           338 - Prescribed Burning
     666 - Forest Stand Improvement                        391 - Riparian Forest Buffer
     655 - Forest Trails and Landings                      390 - Riparian Herbaceous Cover
     393 - Filter Strip                                    612 - Tree/Shrub Establishment

Controlling Invasive Species
The control of the following invasive species under 595:
     Autumn Olive                                          Mid-story hardwoods in pine stands
     Bermuda grass                                          (i.e. sweetgums)
     Chinaberry                                            Multiflora rose
     Cogon grass                                           Privet
     Fescue                                                Sericea lespedeza
     Japanese climbing fern                                Wisteria
     Kudzu


517.33-GA.1 – PAYMENT RATES
NRCS-Georgia, with input from the State Technical Committee, has set a 75% payment rate
limit for all practices.

517.110-GA.1 – PROGRAM EVALUATION
NRCS-Georgia uses the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) as one potential gauge of effectiveness of
the habitat improvements and conservation practices implemented. Please use the excel
spreadsheet, WHIP – 2011 – HSI, to calculate the change in HSI after WHIP practices are
implemented.




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