Nevada Landowner Incentive Program
The primary objective of this program is to protect and restore habitats on private lands to benefit Species of Conservation Concern: those species which are Federally listed, proposed, or candidate species as well as other species determined to be at risk.  NLIP will provide technical and financial assistance to private landowners for habitat protection and restoration.

The Nevada Landowner Incentive Program Approach

In 2002, the Bush Administration created the Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) to catalyze state wildlife agency efforts to develop programs that focused on private lands.  The Nevada Landowner Incentive Program (NLIP) is a program designed to help private landowners throughout the state improve and preserve wildlife habitat while maintaining the original uses of their land.

The program understands and appreciates the traditional land use history of the state, and strives to coordinate with these “working landscapes” to find ways to preserve both the financial “bottom line” while retaining and improving the invaluable wildlife habitat many of these properties contain.

Restoring and maintaining habitat on private land is essential to meeting our nation’s conservation goals because so many species depend upon this land for survival. Recognizing that our nation’s species conservation goals cannot be achieved by focusing effort solely on public lands, federal and state governments have been allocating increasing financial resources to the conservation of imperiled species on private lands.

Development patterns throughout Nevada and the nation have historically been in close proximity to riparian areas (vegetation associated next to rivers, streams, or springs). This pattern of development, through agricultural production, grazing, or urban development, while logical, has placed a strain on the biological health and survivorship of many species throughout the State. Nevada’s arid nature makes private riparian areas even more important for wildlife within the state.

Types of Projects Funded

A concerted effort to study, improve, and preserve healthy sagebrush habitat is a major focus for the State of Nevada. This habitat is vital to the continued survival of many of the sagebrush obligate species, such as the greater sage grouse, pygmy rabbit, and Brewer’s sparrow, to name just a few. Eligible projects include restoring native vegetation, prescribed burns, grazing management, brush and weed (invasive exotic plant species) management, removing or placing fish passage barriers, stream restoration, and purchasing conservation easements.

Private landowners, individually or as a group, can apply. Additionally, watershed councils, community organizations, non-profit groups are eligible to apply as long the proposed project will occur on private land.  We will also work with other agencies such as Nevada Division of Forestry and non-profit organizations such as Trout Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy, or local working groups and Implementation Teams throughout the State.

Project applicants can apply for the amount of financial assistance necessary to do a project on private property. The Federal LIP contribution for these private landowner projects is 75% with a non-federal match of 25%. This non-federal portion can be fulfilled through a variety of mechanisms, including “in-kind” contributions by the landowner or through state funding, if available.  In-kind can include such things as labor, the use of equipment or materials, or volunteer time to monitor the success of projects.

Contact Nevada Landowner Incentive Program

Connie Lee
Incentives Coordinator
Nevada Dept. of Wildlife
60 Youth Center Road
Elko, Nevada  89801
Phone: 775-777-2392
Cell Phone: 775-848-1220


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