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.
By contacting your local Fish and Game office a biologist can determine and document what species are on your property and then assist you in drawing up a conservation plan which will not only benefit these rare and endangered species, but also help maintain your quality of living.
The Idaho Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) is a program designed to help private landowners throughout the state improve and preserve wildlife habitat while maintaining the original uses of their land.
LIP will provide technical assistance to private landowners for habitat protection and restoration, and direct landowners towards other agencies or programs with private lands financial assistance programs. LIP Biologists will also help design appropriate projects to benefit at-risk species.
The program understands and appreciates the traditional land use history of the state, and strives to coordinate with "working landscapes" to find ways to preserve the financial "bottom line" while retaining and improving the invaluable wildlife habitat.
Developing working conservation partnerships with private landowners and nonprofit organizations is showing to be a vital part of getting the work done.
- You must be a private landowner. Organizations working with private landowners can apply on behalf of the landowner(s).
- Technical assistance is available to any landowner.
- At-risk plants or animals must occur on or in the near vicinity of your proposed LIP project.
- Your proposed project will enhance or restore habitat for at-risk plants or animals.
- 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.
- The land for which you wish to request funds and implement the LIP project on, is within a LIP focus area.
The 2009 Landowner Incentive Program Grants application period closed June 1, 2009.
The Landowner Incentive Program is a competitive grant process that provides financial assistance to private landowners for the protection, enhancement, or restoration of habitat to benefit at-risk species on private lands.
The 2009 focus areas are:
- Palouse Prairie
- Upper Henrys Fork
- Bear Lake River Basin
A 35-percent nonfederal contribution is required, which may include cash or in-kind contribution, such as labor, machinery or materials, from the landowner, land trust or other nonfederal organizations involved in the project. Priority will be given to projects that provide more than the required minimum 35-percent nonfederal contribution.
Private landowners or groups, such as land conservancies or trusts working with private landowners are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that conserve, enhance or restore habitats for at-risk species.
Example projects include restoring native vegetation, prescribed burns, grazing management, brush and invasive weed management, removing fish passage barriers, stream restoration, and conservation easements. LIP biologists are available in Fish and Game regional offices to help.
Idaho Landowner Incentive Program
Statewide LIP Coordinator
600 South Walnut Street
Boise, ID 83707-0025