Proposals are now being accepted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is for the California Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program (CWRHIP).
Winter-flooded rice fields provide a significant portion of the caloric needs of ducks and migrating shorebirds in the Sacramento Valley. The CWRHIP was developed in response to the decline of winter-flooded rice acreage in the Central Valley.
Assembly Bill 2348, passed by the California Legislature in 2018 established the CWRHIP, which is designed to encourage the winter-flooding of harvested rice fields through economic incentives.
Landowners or lessees who agree to manage their properties in accordance with CDFW’s Comprehensive Wetland Habitat Program can receive $15 per acre.
Properties located within five miles of an active airstrip on a military base or international airport are not eligible to enroll in the program.
For Fiscal Year 2021-2022, a total of up to $3,001,190 in CWRHIP funds will be available for new one-year agreements under this proposal solicitation notice.
The deadline to apply is Oct. 1, 2021, at 4 p.m. The program solicitation, application instructions, and other information are available on CDFW’s website.