Under Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program, landowners enter into 10-year contracts with the Wildlife Department for approved projects to develop, preserve, restore and manage wildlife habitat on private lands. The Department shares part of the cost of habitat improvement work by providing a partial reimbursement after the project is done. In exchange, the landowner agrees to maintain the habitat for a period of 10 years.
Examples of approved projects include, but are not limited to, the creation of small openings or thinnings in stands of timber, native grass planting, some fencing projects, and certain types of tree planting. Short-term habitat improvements like food plots and disking are encouraged but cannot be considered for cost-sharing.
If you are interested in participating in this program please read the WHIP Bulletin for complete details before applying.
Any landowner in Oklahoma is eligible to apply, regardless of property size.
How to Enroll
Area Wildlife Biologists are available for Technical Assistance and to answer questions landowners may have for their property. Contact us below to schedule a technical assistance visit or receive a WHIP application.