Habitat Incentive Program

What is HIP?

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is partnering with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency to provide an enhanced Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) program in part of the St. Joseph River watershed. The goal is to improve the quality and quantity of wildlife habitat within the upper and headwaters region of the St. Joseph River watershed.

Targeted outreach and technical assistance will be provided to private landowners within seven major subwatersheds of the St. Joseph River in parts of Branch, Calhoun, Hillsdale, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph counties.

  • Beebe Creek
  • Coldwater/Sauk Rivers
  • Hog Creek
  • Nottawa Creek
  • Soap and Sand Creek
  • Swan Creek
  • Tekonsha Creek

Areas Eligible for HIP

Michigan HIP Contract

HIP Press Release

 

Incentive

Private landowners who implement specific conservation practices, agree to plant native species, and/or increase the minimum standard width of conservation practices will receive a one-time habitat incentive payment of $150 per acre, in addition to the federal compensation provided under current Continuous CRP policy.

 

Conservation Practices

Conservation practices that are eligible for a HIP payment include:

  • CP5A (Field Windbreak) of native trees and/or shrubs
  • CP21 (Filter Strip) of native grasses and/or forbs and planted a minimum width of 50 feet
  • CP22 (Riparian Forest Buffer) of native grasses and/or forbs, trees, and shrubs planted a minimum width of 50 feet
  • CP23 (Wetland Restoration) of native grasses and/or forbs
  • CP23A (Wetland Restoration Non-Floodplain) of native grasses and/or forbs
  • CP33 (Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds) of native grasses and/or forbs

 

USDA Field Offices

Branch County

COLDWATER SERVICE CENTER
387 N WILLOWBROOK RD STE F
COLDWATER, MI 49036-8852
(517) 278-2725
(855) 647-0824 fax

Calhoun County

MARSHALL SERVICE CENTER
13464 PRESTON DR
MARSHALL, MI 49068-9683
(269) 781-4263
(855) 662-9272 fax

Hillsdale County

JONESVILLE SERVICE CENTER
588 OLDS ST BLDG 2
JONESVILLE, MI 49250-9804
(517) 849-9890
(855) 657-0710 fax

Kalamazoo County

PORTAGE SERVICE CENTER
5950 PORTAGE RD
PORTAGE, MI 49002
(269) 382-5121 ext 3
(855) 790-7467 fax

St. Joseph County

CENTREVILLE SERVICE CENTER
693 E MAIN ST
CENTREVILLE, MI 49032-9603
(269) 467-6336
(855) 647-0822 fax

 

Farm Bill Biologist Contact

Tyler Tankersley
BRANCH CONSERVATION DISTRICT
(BRANCH AND CALHOUN)
387 N. WILLOWBROOK ROAD, STE. F
COLDWATER, MICHIGAN 49036
(o) 517.278.2725, Ext 5
Tyler.Tankersley@macd.org