The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary cost-share program for landowners who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat on agricultural land, nonindustrial private forestland and Indian land.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers WHIP to provide technical assistance and up to 75% cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. WHIP cost-share agreements between NRCS and the landowner generally last from one year after the last conservation practice is implemented, but not more than ten years from the date the agreement is signed.
WHIP is currently authorized by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008.
Contact our local NRCS branch at 820 Bay Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010, (831) 475-1967