Landowners may apply for WHIP at any time however, applications received by Feb. 18 will be evaluated and considered for the 2005 program year. Applications received after that date will be held until the next evaluation period.
WHIP provides landusers an opportunity to improve wildlife habitat. The program allows up to 75 percent cost-share assistance for eligible practices on land they own or control.
In Kentucky, the primary focus of WHIP is to restore and create early successional habitats. Planting native grasses, shrubs, and wildlife-friendly introduced grasses are eligible practices under Kentucky's 2005 WHIP cost-share assistance.
Other eligible practices for cost-share assistance 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.
WHIP applications are evaluated and ranked to determine which applications provide the most beneficial habitats.
To apply for WHIP, please contact: Craig Givens, district conservationist, USDA Service Center at 726-2618, extension 3.