Nebraska Landowner Incentive Program

Program Description

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission received $1.6 million for private lands work from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's funds through the Landowner Incentive Program (LIP).  The LIP is designed to benefit "at-risk" species on private lands. At-risk species are plants and animals that are listed on state or federal threatened or endangered species lists or are species of concern due to their overall population decline or rarity.

The Commission's plan has identified the tallgrass prairie of eastern Nebraska and the shortgrass prairie of western Nebraska as areas of major focus, but the Commission is willing to do conservation projects in any region of the state as long as they would benefit at-risk species.

LIP offers financial incentives and technical advice to private landowners interested in improving at-risk species habitat, such as tallgrass prairie or wetlands, of their land. Commission biologists work with landowners and their tenants to develop conservation strategies that provide benefits to the landowner and the target species. Each individual contract is unique and reflects the landowner's needs.

LIP offers 75 percent federal cost-share to landowners for conducting management activities and requires 25 percent non-federal match. Non-federal match can occur in the form of partner contributions and in-kind donations from the landowner. The project costs vary, with current project costs ranging from $600 to $60,000. Most LIP contracts require the landowner to enter a 10-year management agreement with the Commission, but the agreements can vary in length depending on the management plan.


Many management practices are possible under LIP as long as they benefit at-risk species. Management practices that have occurred under LIP projects include the following:

  • Tree clearing and prescribed burning of native grasslands
  • Fencing and water development for rotational grazing of native grasslands
  • Planting of native prairie on cropland
  • Slough and wetland restoration
  • Herbicide treatment of invasive weeds on native habitats

Private landowners who have native tallgrass or shortgrass prairie, wetland, or other types of land that is diverse and important to Nebraska wildlife are eligible. The proposed action must contribute to the enhancement of at least one rare or at-risk species or its habitat.

The landowner's responsibilities are to:

  • Maintain the project for the life of the agreement
  • Allow Biologists to periodically check the project progress
  • Allow Biologists to survey wildlife on the property
  • Work with Biologist to develop a project that will meet the needs of both parties

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Interested landowners or managers should contact a NGPC biologist in their district here to request assistance. A site visit will be scheduled to assess habitat and discuss potential management activities for the property. The landowner and the biologist will develop a project proposal together.



Contact Nebraska Landowner Incentive Program

Tammy S. Snyder
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 North 33rd Street
Lincoln , Nebraska  68503
Phone: 402-471-5559
Fax: 402.471.5528


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Nebraska

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