Connecticut Landowner Incentive Programupdated: July 2007
What is the Landowner Incentive Program?
The Landowner Incentive Program (LIP)  provides technical advice and cost assistance to landowners for  habitat management that will result in the protection, restoration, reclamation, enhancement, and maintenance of  habitats that support fish, wildlife and plant species considered at risk. This program is made possible through grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which recognizes the need to help states with the stewardship of their at-risk species. Good stewardship can slow or reverse the decline of some species. With over 90% of Connecticut under private ownership, the need for private lands habitat management for rare and declining species is overwhelming.

Interested landowners will need to apply to the Wildlife Division, using the LIP application form. The LIP Program Coordinator will review all applications for program compliance. Applications will be ranked based on an on-site project/habitat evaluation conducted by the Wildlife Division. The evaluation will consider the current value of the property for wildlife and the potential of the proposed project to benefit LIP designated at-risk species, priority habitats and imperiled natural communities. Funds will be committed based on rank, funding availability, and the recommendations of the LIP Project Committee. LIP can fund up to 75% of the cost of an approved project and the landowner and/or partnering conservation group must provide the matching funds and/or in-kind services.

What are LIP at-risk species?
LIP at-risk species in Connecticut include all federally listed species, state-listed endangered, threatened and special concern species, and other species of conservation concern as determined by the Wildlife Division. Connecticut's LIP at-risk species list includes over 300 plants, 190 invertebrates, and hundreds of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians.

What are LIP priority habitats and imperiled natural communities?
Because the majority of Connecticut's LIP at-risk species are dependent on early-successional habitats, tidal wetlands and freshwater wetlands, these broad habitat types have been designated priority habitats. LIP has also designated the management of certain imperiled natural communities as a priority. These imperiled natural communities are unique communities with specific features that provide habitat for a host of species.

Who can apply and what lands are eligible for LIP grants?
Any private landowner, sportsmen's club, conservation organization, landowner association, corporation, or land trust can apply to LIP for project funding. All applications must be signed by the landowner(s) or those with legal authority to do so. 

All privately owned (non-governmental) land in Connecticut is eligible. Land containing priority habitats or imperiled natural communities will be the focus of funding. Although land anywhere in Connecticut is eligible, land located within the boundaries of the Connecticut River watershed or within the lower Connecticut River tidal wetlands area will be given slightly higher priority; these lands have been designated as geographical focus areas due to their critical role in providing essential wildlife habitat.

What types of projects will LIP fund? (Examples on state land)
Landowners are encouraged to propose creative, resourceful projects that result in direct benefit to species at risk. To be eligible, proposals must focus on work that will either 1) restore, create, improve and maintain priority habitats or imperiled natural communities that are a benefit to LIP at-risk species, or 2) directly manage and protect LIP at-risk species. You may want to visit state lands where similar projects were conducted by the Wildlife Division.

Landowners are encouraged to propose creative, resourceful projects that result in direct benefit to species at risk. To be eligible, proposals must focus on work that will either 1) restore, create, improve and maintain priority habitats or imperiled natural communities that are a benefit to LIP at-risk species, or 2) directly manage and protect LIP at-risk species. You may want to where similar projects were conducted by the Wildlife Division.

Landowner Responsibilities
If your project is awarded funding, you become a cooperator with the DEP Wildlife Division and will be required to sign a landowner agreement before project work begins. Cooperators must agree to maintain the project as specified for a minimum of 5 years and must allow periodic inspections of the project site.

How Do I Apply?
Fill out a LIP application
(PDF 136k 4 pages) during the open application period and mail it to:


Contact Connecticut Landowner Incentive Program

Judy Wilson, Private Lands Program Coordinator
209 Hebron Road
CT DEP Eastern District Headquarters
Marlborough, Connecticut  06447
Phone: (860) 295-9523


 

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