Delaware Landowner Incentive Program
The Delaware Landowner Incentive Program (DELIP) offers private landowners, particularly agricultural producers, technical and financial incentives to protect, enhance and/or restore habitat to benefit species-at-risk .   This may range from creating shallow water wetland habitat for migratory shorebirds and controlling invasive species in bog turtle habitats to establishing native warm season grasses for Upland sandpipers and planting trees for the Delmarva fox squirrel.  Although DELIP money targets species-at-risk, habitat work for the target species always translates to benefits for a wide suite of species including many game species.

The Delaware Landowner Incentive Program provides provide financial and technical  assistance for wetland restoration and enhancement, riparian forest and grass buffer establishment, upland early successional habitat enhancement and reforestation.

Typically, this assistance takes the form of cost-share in which a percentage of the actual restoration costs will be paid for by the State and/or its partners.  Cost-share may range from 75-100%.  The landowner would be required to make up the rest of the cost either through a monetary contribution or through in-kind services.  In-kind services may include site preparation, planting grass seed or trees etc.  In return the landowner must sign a conservation agreement to manage and maintain the restoration for a period of ten years. 

Financial assistance may also be received in the form of a conservation easement.  An easement is a legal agreement between the property owner and the conservation organization that restricts development on the property for either a termed period or in perpetuity. The landowner still retains ownership of the land and the right to work and sell the property.   Payments are based on the fair market value of foregone development.


Any Private landowner interested in improving wildlife habitat on their property.  This program is aimed at all types of landowners, from those interested in improving a few acres to those who manage hundreds of acres of land.

Eligible lands vary per program. Select programs target agricultural producers while others are available to all landowners. Programs provide assistance for wetland restoration and enhancement, riparian forest and grass buffer establishment, upland early successional habitat enhancement, and forest restoration and/or enhancement. Listed below are possible site conditions indicating if your land would be suitable for enrollment.. (Please note that this is just a sample of the practices available. For further information please contact The Division of Fish and Wildlife.)


Staff biologists are available to meet with landowners to discuss how you can improve wildlife habitat on your property.  Biologists will also provide information on available conservation programs, develop conservation plans and help landowners enroll in applicable conservation programs.

Don’t miss out!  If you are unsure if your property qualifies, have questions regarding programs and/or just want to learn more contact DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife for more detailed information on these programs and how they can help you.

Shelley Tovell
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife
4876 Hay Point Landing Rd.
Smyrna, DE 19977

Contact Delaware Landowner Incentive Program

Bill Jones
89 Kings Hwy
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife
Dover, Delaware  19977
Phone: (302) 284-4795


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Delaware

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