Grant Application Open for Massachusetts Private Landowners

   01.11.12

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The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) invites private landowners who want to actively manage their property to benefit wildlife to apply for a Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) grant. This Program is designed to reimburse private landowners up to 75% of the total project cost of managing lands to improve habitat for declining wildlife species across the Commonwealth. Individual private landowners, sportsmen’s clubs, land trusts, and other conservation organizations are encouraged to apply to the program. Federal, state, and municipal agencies are not eligible for this funding.

“Due to the extremely limited funding available, it is important for potential applicants to review the new, updated criteria for this funding cycle,” said Mike Sawyers, DFW LIP Coordinator.

Interested landowners can visit the LIP web page at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/habitat/grants/lip/lip_home.htmfor details and the Request for Response (RFR) posting. The grant application period opened January 9, 2012 and will close on March 5, 2012. All application materials must be submitted to the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters by 4:00p.m. on March 5, 2012. Faxed or electronic applications will be not accepted.

Since the first funding cycle in 2005, the Landowner Incentive Program MDFW has funded 157 LIP projects and provided technical assistance to private landowners from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. Past projects have benefited a wide array of species-at-risk across the Commonwealth from enhancing beaches for shorebird breeding habitat to protection of grassland-bird breeding habitat to rare turtle habitat maintenance. Through this program DFW has contributed close to $3.5 million for the conservation of declining species on private land over the program’s six year history.

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