The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division is currently accepting Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) applications from landowners interested in longleaf pine restoration and/or enhancement. Deadline for applications is April 1.
LIP is a federal grant program that assists landowners in habitat improvement/restoration for the benefit of species in greatest conservation need (GCN). Individual projects are selected on a competitive ranking process based on the number of GNC species that will benefit from the project.
“While the Landowner Incentive Program improves habitat for threatened and endangered species such as the Eastern indigo snake or the red- cockaded woodpecker, it also benefits game species such as deer and wild turkey,” said Traci George, LIP Coordinator. “It’s a win-win situation.” LIP may cost share up to 64 percent of the cost of the selected longleaf pine restoration project. The program can provide assistance with seedlings and planting, chemical site preparation, site- preparation burn, native grass restoration and exotic species control.
Eligible property must be privately owned and occur within the historical range of longleaf pine in Alabama. Cutover and agricultural lands are also eligible. There are no minimum acreage
For LIP applications, contact Traci George at (334) 353-0503, or Traci.George@dcnr.alabama.gov. For more information about LIP visit www.outdooralabama.com/research-mgmt/landowner/lip/.