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Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Assistance Programs


Programs that provide technical and financial assistance to develop fish and wildlife habitat on private lands.
Program Land Eligibility Type of Assistance Contact
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Highly erodible land, wetland, and certain other lands with cropping history. Stream-side areas in pasture land. 50% cost-share for establishing permanent cover and conservation practices, and annual rental payments for land enrolled in 10 to 15-year contracts. Additional financial incentives are available for some practices. NRCS or FSA State or County Office
Emergency Watershed Program (EWP) Floodplain Easements Flood-damaged croplands. Up to 100% cost-share for floodplain wetland restoration and payments for purchase of conservation easements. NRCS State or County Office
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFW)

Cropland, range, grazing land & other agricultural land in need of treatment.

Most degraded fish and/or wildlife habitat.

Up to 75% cost-share for consrevation practices in accordance with 5 to 10-year contracts. Incentive payments for certain management practices.

Up to 100% financial and technical assistance to restore wildlife habitat under minimum 10-year cooperative agreements.

NRCS State or County Office

Local office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Waterways for Wildlife Private land Technical and program development assistance to coalesce habitat efforts of corporations and private landowners to meet common watershed level goals. Wildlife Habitat Council (301-588-8994)
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) Previously degraded wetland and adjacent upland buffer, with limited amount of natural wetland, and existing or restorable riparian areas. 75% cost share for wetland restoration under 10-year contracts, and 30-year easements, and 100% cost-share on restoration under permanent easements. Payments for purchase of 30-year or permanent conservation easements. NRCS State or County Office
Wildlife at Work Corporate land Technical assistance on developing habitat projects into a program that will allow companies to involve employees and the community Wildlife Habitat Council (301-588-8994)
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) High-priority fish and wildlife habitats. Up to 75% cost-share for conservation practices under 5 to 10-year contracts. NRCS State or County Office
State Fish and Wildlife Agencies and private groups such as state waterfowl associations, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and others may have assistance programs in your state. State or local contacts.

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