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Apply now for WHIP conservation funding

November 15, 2006

Maryland farmers and other landowners can apply now for conservation funding through USDA's Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).

If interested, contact the local Natural Resources Conservaton Service or Soil Conservation District office at 1260 Maryland Ave., Suite 101, in Hagerstown for more info.

Applications for the first ranking period will be taken up to Dec. 15.

This program provides cost-share reimbursement to farmers and landowners who plant grassland habitat or restore riparian buffers, streambanks, and wetlands for wildlife habitat. WHIP conservation practices restore and manage habitat to benefit game birds, song birds, waterfowl and other wildlife.

Conservation practices eligible include those that involve the restoration and management of:

Grassland habitat to benefit ground nesting birds and wildlife;

Riparian corridor habitat to benefit terrestrial and aquatic species;

Forested corridors that connect isolated woodland habitat patches to other patches or existing corridors;

Shallow water and wetland habitat to benefit waterfowl, wading birds, and wildlife; and

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Native upland and wetland habitats where invasive species have become established and are adversely affecting habitat functions.

For more information about this program, get on the Web and go to www.md.nrcs.usda.gov

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