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DNREC : Division of Fish & Wildlife : Delaware Private Lands Assistance Program

Delaware Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Program (WHEP)


Photo courtesy of MD-DE Chapter of the Wildlife Society


Early successional fields are excellent nesting habitat for a variety of animals, including bobwhite quail

Are you a farmer who is concerned about Delaware’s wildlife? Do you enjoy watching wildlife? The Division of Fish and Wildlife may have a program for you! The Delaware Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Program provides technical and financial assistance to Delaware farmers who are interested in restoring habitat for early successional wildlife. Give us a call to see if you qualify!

What is the Delaware Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Program?

The Delaware Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Program was developed to entice private landowners to take part of their agricultural lands out of production and allow it to return to the lands natural state. This program is especially important to wildlife, like the Bobwhite Quail, who are dependant upon early successional habitat, which is quickly disappearing throughout the state. Landowners will receive compensation at the fair market value of $70.00/acre for their participation in this program.

How do I qualify?

  • A maximum of 5 acres must be taken out of production and maintained according to a specific management plan for 5 years.
  • You must own a minimum of 25 acres
  • The deadline for inclusion in the program is March 15th of each year. (Click here for Application)
  • Must be willing to accept responsibility for all of the work relative to developing permanent wildlife cover on program acreage, including controlling noxious vegetation.
  • Must be willing to accept a written wildlife management plan for your land.
  • Commercial and Non-commercial Regulated Shooting Areas are NOT eligible for this Program


Field left to go fallow




Field planted with warm season grasses

 

Last Updated: Thursday June 30 2005
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