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2003-12-17 communities
WHIP now taking applications
BIG SANDY REGION USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) signup. Landowners may apply for WHIP at any time however, applications received by January 9, 2004 will be considered for the 2004 program year. Applications received after that date are held until the next evaluation period.

WHIP provides landusers an opportunity to improve wildlife habitat. WHIP allows up to 75% 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 2004 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, in Johnson County, call (606) 789-5263; in Lawrence County, (606) 673-3800; in Magoffin County, (606) 349-1919; and in Martin County, (606) 298-3595.

In Floyd County, call (606) 886-9545, ext. 3; and in Pike County, (606) 437-7879.

You can also contact Jason Plaxico, biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at (606) 886-9608.

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