ANNAPOLIS - Maryland and the District of Columbia have received $248,600 from the 2002 Farm Bill to restore wildlife habitat through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, a Maryland official said.
Landowners interested in applying for funding through WHIP should immediately contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service or Soil Conservation District office in USDA Service Centers, said David Doss, state conservationist.
Applications will be ranked to determine which offer the most wildlife habitat benefits. The deadline to apply is Jan. 28, 2005.
WHIP is a voluntary conservation program providing technical and financial help to landowners and managers to restore upland, wetland and riparian habitat areas. The program offers cost-share agreements that usually range from five to 10 years.