Habitat Conservation
Assistance Network
Proactive Conservation for Working Lands

Texas Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program

**Discontinued, Apply Now Under EQIP**

The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) provided financial incentives to develop habitat for fish and wildlife on private lands. Participants agree to implement a NRCS approved wildlife habitat plan and NRCS provided financial assistance for the implementation of wildlife beneficial conservation practices. Financial assistance is available to help the participant with the cost of conservation practice establishment.

WHIP funding was not authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, but interested applicants can now apply for wildlife habitat assistance under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Purpose of Program

The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program is a voluntary program that encourages the creation of high quality upland, wetland, riparian and aquatic wildlife habitat
Priority is given to species with declining populations and wildlife and fishery projects that further state, regional, or national habitat goals and priority habitats.


Landowners must own or have control of the land for the length of the agreement
Land can be private agricultural land, tribal land, or nonindustrial private forest land.
Land enrolled in CRP, WRP, WBP, or EWPP floodplain easements is not eligible


Contract Period is for 5 or 10 years with 15 year agreements available on essential plant and animal habitats
Cost Share cannot exceed $25,000 per agreement in Texas, $50,000 nationally.
Payments - NRCS will pay up to 75% of the cost of installing the practice.

Application Process

WHIP is run by NRCS
Applications can be filed year round at local NRCS/USDA Service Centers and Conservation District Offices
Applications are ranked once each year (usually midsummer) with available money going to the top ranked applicants

Contact Texas Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program

    Listed as:
  • USDA - NRCS Programs
Contact Texas Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
Chuck Kowaleski
Farm Bill Coordinator Texas Parks & Wildlife DepartmentTX  
Phone: 254-718-7684

Service Area
Statewide service provider in:
  • Texas

REMINDER: This listing is a free service of HabitatCAN.
Texas Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is not employed by or affiliated with the Habitat Conservation Assistance Network, and the Network does not certify or guarantee their services. The reader must perform their own due diligence and use their own judgment in the selection of any professional.