The Landowner Incentive Program's (LIP) purpose is to encourage landowners to think proactively about conservation on their own land, by improving existing habitat that hosts at-risk species, thereby assisting in species recovery and/or pre-empting the listing of declining species. Idaho's LIP is designed to provide incentives to landowners desiring to implement voluntary conservation actions.
This is a program designed for rare and often unnoticed plants, insects, reptiles, as well as species like the bald eagle. Many at-risk species are not well documented on private lands.
Specific practices include:
- Developing conservation easements.
- Controlling noxious weeds and invasive plants.
- Adjusting grazing/agricultural management.
- Fencing to protect sensitive areas.
- Enhancing riparian vegetation along tributary streams.
- Restoring connectivity of tributary stream to the main-stem river.
- Repairing damaged stream banks.
- Removing barriers for fish passage.
- Installing alternative water use practices.
- Implementing prescribed burns or other mechanical treatments.
Requirements & Limitations
In order to be eligible, you must be a private landowner. Organizations working with private landowners can apply on behalf of the landowner(s). You must be willing to sign a landowner agreement and agree to maintain LIP-funded habitat enhancement or restoration projects for an agreed-upon length of time. A 35% nonfederal contribution is required, which may include cash and/or in-kind (labor, machinery, materials) contribution. Priority will be given to projects that provide more than the required minimum 35% nonfederal contribution.