Habitat First is a new program developed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Wildlife Division for private landowners interested in developing or enhancing wildlife habitat on their land. Under the program, district wildlife biologists will deliver the following services to interested landowners:
-Technical assistance: planning, land management support, and habitat development tools
-Financial assistance: cost-share and sign-on incentives for habitat improvements
-Equipment loans: native grass drills, tree planters, fabric machines, prescribed burn equipment, and root plows
-USDA programs: assistance with Environmental Quality Incentive Program applications benefiting wildlife, Conservation Reserve Program enrollment, and management
Standardized practices and rates make the program easy to explain and understand. Habitat management plans can be tailored to the property and to landowner preferences.