Landowner Assistance Programs
Sign dedicating Partners for Fish and Wildlife Project on Coushatta Tribe Lands. Photo Credit: USFWS
In addition to the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, several other programs are available in Louisiana to assist landowners with habitat restoration.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - Administered by Natural Resources Conservation Service. Help farmers and ranchers who face serious threats to soil, water, and related natural resources. For incentive payments and cost share, 5-10-year contracts required. Only applies to focus areas. For more information visit: www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/
Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) - Administered by Natural Resources Conservation Service. Designed to restore former wetlands. For a 30-year easement, pays 75% of restoration cost and annual payments. For a permanent easement, pays 100% of the restoration cost and lump sum payment or annual payments. See details at: www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/wrp/
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) - Administered by Natural Resources Conservation Service. Designed to reverse decline of farmland-associated wildlife species by helping landowners with wildlife habitat improvements. Cost share and habitat planning assistance available. See web site for details: www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/
For additional information, contact Andy Dolan, LA Private Lands Coordinator @ 337.291.3119