MA: Grant application open for private landowners

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) invites private
landowners who want to actively manage their property to benefit
wildlife to apply for a Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) grant.
This Program is designed to reimburse private landowners up to 75%
of the total project cost of managing lands to improve habitat for
declining wildlife species across the Commonwealth. Individual
private landowners, sportsmen’s clubs, land trusts, and other
conservation organizations are encouraged to apply to the program.
Federal, state, and municipal agencies are not eligible for this
funding.

“Due to the extremely limited funding available, it is important
for potential applicants to review the new, updated criteria for
this funding cycle,” said Mike Sawyers, DFW LIP Coordinator.

Interested landowners can visit the LIP web page at
www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/habitat/grants/lip/lip_home.htm for details
and the Request for Response (RFR) posting. The grant application
period opened January 9, 2012 and will close on March 5, 2012. All
application materials must be submitted to the Division of
Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters by 4:00p.m. on March 5,
2012. Faxed or electronic applications will be not accepted.

Since the first funding cycle in 2005, the Landowner Incentive
Program MDFW has funded 157 LIP projects and provided technical
assistance to private landowners from Cape Cod to the Berkshires.
Past projects have benefited a wide array of species-at-risk across
the Commonwealth from enhancing beaches for shorebird breeding
habitat to protection of grassland-bird breeding habitat to rare
turtle habitat maintenance. Through this program DFW has
contributed close to $3.5 million for the conservation of declining
species on private land over the program’s six year history.

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