State Technical Committee
WHIP/WRP Subcommittee Meeting
4 August 2006
Attending: Doc Lane, Sal Palazzolo, Bill Brake, Karol Brill, Andrea Martin, Frank Toupal, Steve Smarik,
Nora DeLaRosa, Lisa Pendrick
Meeting commenced at 9:15 am with introductions.
Steve discussed topics to be covered:
1) General discussion on WHIP program and processes
2) Three alternatives for implementing the WHIP Program: WHIP Statewide General Program,
Essential Plan & Animal Habitat Agreements, using an RFP for WHIP
3) ranking criteria and process, and practice list.
4) Wetland Reserve Program.
• WHIP – you don’t have to be a farmer or rancher to sign up for contract
• minimal score is 125, 250 is maximum
• Last year there was $363,000 in contracts;
Discussion on Essential Plant and Animal Habitat Agreements (EPAH)
• Maximum 15% of state allocation for declining species (Wetland Reserve Program)
• 15 yr contracts (mandatory) because you can bump cost share up to 100%
• Separate sign up for sub-programs and set up ranking criteria process & cost lists
• Request for proposal – narrow scope or leave wide open
• Priority Watershed HDMS Species for 2002 handout
• Discussed the endangered species list:
o What species would we consider and prioritize? What sensitive species list
would we use? Group decided to prioritize by endangered, threatened, sensitive
• On ranking in the field to get it funded. Regarding SHPO, NEPA, T&E, customers are
given NRCS assistance
• Plant & Animal Habitat Agreements – if funds are set aside and no T&E Species
agreements come in, then the funds will be rolled back into the general account
• Sal – will assist Steve with the Plant and Animal Habitat Program
• When consulting on T&E, NRCS will offer assistance with Safe Harbor planning.
Discussion on WHIP Ranking Worksheet…Partner’s financial contribution exceed 25% of total
• Doc suggested that it should be a graduated amount. Must be careful not to discriminate