Thinking about managing your lands for Golden-winged Warbler habitat? Here are some agancies and programs that can help you out with planning and funding. For more information about all of these programs, including contact information, please download either this PDF (1.26MB) or Word (327KB) document.
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Program Name: Partners for Fish and Wildlife Programs
Program Website: http://www.fws.gov/partners/
Funding Available: Up to 100-percent funding for habitat restoration projects is available through the Service and its partners. Landowners agree to maintain the restored habitats for no less than 10 years, but otherwise retain full control of their lands.
Agency: Natural Resources Conservation Service
Program Name: WHIP Program
Program Website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/
Funding Available: WHIP offers contracts with a minimum term of 5 years and a maximum term of 10 years. Cost share for individual practices will vary, but they will not exceed 75 percent. Eligibility for WHIP is subject to the adjusted gross income provision of the 2008 Farm Bill.
Program Name: EQIP Program
Program Website: http://www.mi.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip.html
Funding Available: EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term of one year after the implementation of the last scheduled practice and a maximum term of ten years. Total cost share and incentive payments are limited to $300,000 per individual over a six-year period, regardless of the number of farms or contracts.
Program Name: Wetland Reserve Program
Program Website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/wrp/states/mi.html
Funding Available: The family farm benefits in many ways. Time previously spent pulling a farm implement out of a wet field can now be spent cropping fields with high productivity. The WRP payment made in exchange for an easement may provide a family with a much needed "new start".
Program Name: Conservation Stewardship Program
Program Website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/new_csp/csp.html
Funding Available: CSP participants could receive payments for: (1) installing and adopting additional activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities; (2) the adoption of resource-conserving crop rotations; and (3) on-farm research and demonstration activities, or pilot testing.
For an Overview of USDA-NRCS Cost-share Programs in Michigan go to: http://www.mi.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/
Agency: United States Department of Agriculture - Farm Services Agency
Program Name: Conservation Reserve Program
Program Website: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=copr&topic=crp
Funding Available: Rental Payments - FSA provides annual rental payments to participants. FSA bases rental rates on the relative productivity of the soils within each county and the average dry land cash rent or cash-rent equivalent. Maintenance Incentive Payments - CRP annual rental payments may include an additional amount up to $4 per acre per year as an incentive to perform certain maintenance obligations. Cost-share Assistance - FSA provides cost-share assistance to participants who establish approved cover on eligible cropland.
Agency: Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Program Name: Forest Legacy Program
Program Website: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-30301_30505_34240-99280--,00.html
Funding Available: These agreements restrict the development of the property, and require sustainable forestry practices within the lands boundaries. The federal government may fund up to 75% of program costs, with at least 25% coming from private, state or local sources. In addition to gains associated with the sale or donation of property rights, many landowners may also benefit from reduced taxes associated with limits placed on land use.
Program Name: Questions and Answers about Clearcutting
Program Website: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/IC4270_48581_7.pdf
Funding Available: What this program does is educate the landowner that clear cutting is not a horrible forest management practice when done correctly and can benefit certain animal wildlife species such as ruffed grouse and white tailed deer. Clear cutting is best done when trying to regenerate tree species such as aspen that cannot tolerate shade.
Program Name: Commerical Forestry + Qualified Forest Program
Program Website: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-30301_30505_32291---,00.html
Funding Available: Landowners do not pay ad valorem general property taxes. Instead, the landowners pay a specific tax of $1.20 per acre annually. The State of Michigan pays an additional $1.20 per acre on behalf of the landowner to the county annually.
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