Farm Wildlife Habitat Program

The Farm Wildlife Habitat Program (FWHP) provides 75% cost share with a maximum of $2,000 per contract per state fiscal year to improve wildlife habitat. Cost-share improvements are targeted towards grassland and shrubland wildlife species in decline which include bobwhite quail, cottontail rabbits, and songbirds.

Major practices include eradication of fescue and sericea lespedeza, planting native grasses, forbs, and legumes, and establishing thickets for escape cover. It also includes cost-share for native grass improvement practices such as prescribed burning, strip disking, interseeding, and herbicide application.

There is an option available to plant native warm season grasses for dual hay/wildlife benefits. Native Grass planted for wildlife and hay through FWHP requires no haying during year 1 and 2. Haying may occur in years 3, 4, and 5, but cannot occur until after July 15th. A 30 ft buffer must also be left unhayed. When haying native grasses, it should not be cut below 6 inches.

Upon approval of a FWHP plan, the landowner signs the contract and agrees to implement the practices and to protect and maintain the habitat for 5 years. Cost-share payments are received after the practices have been completed and inspected by a biologist. Applicants are considered on a first-come first-served basis.

Contact the small game biologist in a Regional Office or a TWRA Private Lands Biologist.
Region 1 - Jackson (800) 372-3928
Region 2 - Nashville (800) 624-7406
Region 3 - Crossville (800) 262-6704
Region 4 – Morristown (800) 332-0900
TWRA Small Game Program Coordinator (615) 781-6616


Contact Farm Wildlife Habitat Program

P.O. Box 41489
Nashville, Tennessee  37204
Phone: (615) 781-6616


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Tennessee