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What is the Landowner Incentive Program?


The Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) helps landowners by providing funding to protect and restore habitats on private lands to benefit at-risk species and natural communities.  LIP funds are provided annually to state fish and wildlife agencies through a national competitive grant program administered by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Eligible lands are any that are not government owned. Species-at-risk includes any wildlife or plant identified by the State as in need of conservation. In Vermont, these include rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals. Eligible natural communities include all exemplary natural communities tracked by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's Wildlife Diversity Program.

LIP funds are being used in Vermont to initiate a landowner incentive program that offers a variety of tools to landowners for conservation, which includes funds to purchase conservation easements. The F&WD's role in implementing LIP is to provide technical and financial assistance to private landowners for projects that enhance, protect, or restore habitats that benefit species-at-risk on privately owned lands. Working in coordination with landowners, conservations commissions, land trusts and other partners, staff biologists can uniquely design each project to best suit the needs of individual landowners, their land, and the biodiversity present. 

LIP staff are working in Salisbury, along with staff from F&WD's Community Wildlife Program and the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, to provide technical assistance at a different scales and to reach different goals. Working with the town's Conservation Commission, LIP staff prioritized two state-significant areas in the town to look at further: Salisbury Swamp and the largest Indiana Bat (Vermont's only federally endangered mammal) maternity colony in the state. In order to educate the community about these resources, LIP provides the funds and technical assistance needed to: 1) spotlight species and natural communities of conservation concern in their local newspaper; 2) draft and distribute guidelines, distribute them and follow-up with educational workshops for landowners about the specific management needs for both amphibian and bat habitat; 3) coordinate local participation in field surveys; and 4) organize field trips. By providing the community with the help and funds to educate landowners about the important natural resources they own, we can lay the groundwork for conservation. Our hope is to ultimately provide landowners with the financial assistance needed for their long-term conservation. This includes payments for the purchase of conservation easements. Our hope is to begin to develop similar relationships in communities throughout the state in order to aid in the conservation of the state's most significant resources. For more information, please contact the programs coordinator and botanist, Jane Lazorchak, at 479-4405 or

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A Service of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife


The Landowner Incentive Program is a service of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. The Department's mission is: "the conservation of all species of fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont."


Three of the Department's planning goals are:

  • Conserve, enhance, and restore Vermont's natural communities, habitats, and species and the ecological processes that sustain them.

  • Provide a diversity of fish- and wildlife-based activities and opportunities that allow the safe and ethical viewing, regulated harvesting, and utilization of fish, plant and wildlife resources consistent with the North American model of fish and wildlife conservation.

  • Maintain safe fish and wildlife based activities and limit harmful human encounters with fish and wildlife species and provide general public safety service incidental to primary fish and wildlife enforcement duties.


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