The Wildlife Habitat
can help you:
W HIP is a voluntary program that
helps private landowners and
Tribes create, restore and enhance na-
tive wildlife habitats on private land.
• Restore native Through WHIP, the USDA’s Natural
grassland, shrubland Resources Conservation Service
& range (NRCS) provides financial and
technical assistance for the
• Protect wetlands & development and restoration
playas of upland, grassland, wetland,
aquatic and other types of wild-
• Improve forest health life habitat.
• Plant streamside Those who apply and are se-
vegetation lected for the program receive
a set payment rate to offset
• Control invasive the cost of approved practices.
plants Fiscal Year 2010 WHIP payment
rates can be found on the New
• Provide food & cover Mexico NRCS Web site at: www.
for native wildlife nm.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/
whip or at your local NRCS of-
fice. In New Mexico, WHIP funds
such practices as:
• Brush management,
• Wildlife watering facilities,
• Riparian restoration,
• Wetland enhancement,
• And more.
Through WHIP, NRCS may also provide
HELPING PEOPLE or cover the cost of professional technical
services to design practices. This includes:
HELPTHE LAND • On-site assessments,
NRCS NEW MEXICO
• Site-specific practice and
management plans, and
• Engineering designs.
Historically Underserved Clients The 2008 Farm Bill has changed the In most cases, WHIP payments are
WHIP provides a higher payment eligibility requirements of WHIP, and made after practices have been com-
rate to agricultural producers (indi- non-agricultural, as well as state, pleted. WHIP payments to a person or
viduals, joint operations or entities) county, and local government-owned legal entity are limited to $50,000 per
who qualify as a Beginning Farmer- lands are not eligible for WHIP. year.
Rancher, a Socially Disadvantaged
Farmer-Rancher, or Limited Resource When and How to Apply Those enrolled in WHIP agree to grant
Farmer-Rancher. For more informa- WHIP applications may be submitted to NRCS access to the land for appli-
tion, contact your NRCS office or go at any time at the local USDA Service cation, assessment and monitoring
to: www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/ Center. purposes.
In addition to submitting application More Information
Land Eligibility materials, you will also work with Contact NRCS to learn more about
Lands eligible for WHIP are: NRCS to identify and plan the conser- how WHIP can help you protect and
• Private agricultural lands, vation measures you want on your improve your working lands. More
including cropland, grassland, land. This information is recorded in information can be found at your lo-
rangeland, pasture and adjacent a conservation plan, called a WHIP cal USDA Service Center listed in the
areas, such as pivot corners and Plan of Operations, which includes a telephone book under Federal gov-
streamside areas; detailed description of your selected ernment agencies.
• Non-industrial private forest practices. Those who have previously
land including rural land that has developed a conservation plan with Or, visit the NRCS Web site at:
existing tree cover or is suitable NRCS may already have the conserva-
for growing trees; and tion planning step completed. www.nm.nrcs.usda.gov
• Tribal lands.
Applicant Eligibility Each year, NRCS announces a cutoff
The applicant may be an individual date when applications are ranked
or an entity that owns or manages and selected for funding.
the land. An eligible applicant will be
either a producer engaged in agri- After an application is selected for
cultural production or a private non- funding, the applicant enters into a
industrial forest landowner. WHIP contract with USDA for one to
ten years, depending on the practices
In addition, eligible applicants will: to be implemented. The contract is
• Have control of the land during based on practices outlined in the
the length of the contract; WHIP Plan of Operations and will
• Meet Adjusted Gross Income specify a period of time, one or more The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
prohibits discrimination in all its programs
(AGI) criteria; years, during which activities must and activities on the basis of race, color,
• Be in compliance with: be completed. These activities may national origin, age, disability, and where
applicable, sex, marital status, familial sta-
The highly erodible land include practice installation as well as tus, parental status, religion, sexual orien-
tation, genetic information, political beliefs,
& wetland conservation operational and maintenance activi- reprisal, or because all or a part of an in-
provisions of the 1985 Food ties. dividual’s income is derived from any pub-
lic assistance program. (Not all prohibited
Security Act, and bases apply to all programs.) Persons with
disabilities who require alternative means
Any other USDA conserva- Program participants are expected to for communication of program informa-
tion programs in which the maintain any WHIP practice through- tion (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.)
should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at
applicant is enrolled; and out its useful life, even after the con- (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To ﬁle a
complaint of discrimination write to USDA,
• Meet any other program require- tract is completed. Director, Ofﬁce of Civil Rights, 1400 Inde-
ments. pendence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.
20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice)
or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal
opportunity provider and employer.
USDA NRCS New Mexico 12/2009