Grassland Restoration Incentive Program

For more than 50 years grassland bird populations throughout Texas have been steadily declining. Among these declining birds is the Northern Bobwhite, a popular game bird and an icon of the American south.  Since 1965 the population of Northern Bobwhite in Texas has decreased by over 90%. There are many factors that contribute to these population declines, but the primary cause is the loss of available suitable habitat needed to sustain these species. Conversion of native grasses to introduced pasture, overgrazing, suppression of fire, and brush encroachment have all had a significant impact on the ability of Texas grasslands to provide for the needs of Northern Bobwhite and other grassland species. To address these drastic population declines, it is crucial that private landowners are encouraged and supported in their efforts to improve habitat for these birds on the lands they own and manage.
The Oaks & Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) partnerships’ Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP) is a multi-organization effort aimed at achieving OPJV grassland bird objectives in focus areas throughout Texas. GRIP provides funding in the form of direct payment to landowners as an incentive for conducting approved grassland bird habitat improvement practices on their property. Project proposals are prepared and submitted in coordination with local Texas Parks & Wildlife Department staff or other OPJV partner organization personnel. Approved projects will meet eligibility requirements established by OPJV local initiative teams. Payments are made to landowners for approved practices after completion of work is certified by coordinating partner organization staff. Participating landowners are asked to allow geospatial, vegetative, and bird data to be collected and recorded by OPJV partner organization staff for an agreed upon period of time (entrance onto property subject to landowner approval).

To enroll contact your local TPWD biologist.

Contact Grassland Restoration Incentive Program

James Giocomo, PhD, OPJV Coordinator
American Bird Conservancy
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, Texas  78744
Phone: (512) 389-4800
Toll Free: (800) 792-1112


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Archer County, Texas
  • Austin County, Texas
  • Baylor County, Texas
  • Callahan County, Texas
  • Clay County, Texas
  • Colorado County, Texas
  • De Witt County, Texas
  • Ellis County, Texas
  • Fayette County, Texas
  • Gonzales County, Texas
  • Karnes County, Texas
  • Lavaca County, Texas
  • Montague County, Texas
  • Navarro County, Texas
  • Shackelford County, Texas
  • Stephens County, Texas
  • Throckmorton County, Texas
  • Washington County, Texas
  • Wilson County, Texas

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