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Wis. Landowner Incentive Program funds private landowners to protect rare plants and animals

Submitted Tuesday, April 22nd 2014 12:31 pm by Tim Jacobson
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Wis. Landowner Incentive Program funds private landowners to protect rare plants and animals

By Timothy S. Jacobson

~The Nonprofit Provocateur~


Map of Wisconsin's Driftless Area

Map showing Driftless Area of Wisconsin


The goal of Wisconsin’s Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) is to help private landowners create and manage habitat for species that are rare or declining. The program provides management advice, assistance with management plans and cost-share funding to individuals and organizations on private lands throughout the state. Funding can assist with restoring prairies, savannas and oak woodlands in the unglaciated Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin.

As of April 2014, LIP is accepting pre-proposals from landowners in the Driftless Area who have not previously received LIP funding. Projects may request funding between $2,500 and $25,000, with most projects falling in the $3,000-$6,000 range. If you are interested in receiving technical assistance or funds for management of your land, please apply by using the online application form at LIP projects are generally for one-year and must be completed by September 30, 2015.


Private landowners and conservation

The biggest threat to plants and animals world-wide is loss or degradation of habitat. In Wisconsin, with more than 97% of the 7.4 million acre Driftless landscape under private ownership, landowners play a key role in helping conserve the beauty and diversity of Wisconsin’s natural heritage for future generations. As a landowner, you can make a difference.


Would you be interested in:

·      Creating or improving habitat for plants and wildlife?

·      Receiving technical help to improve your property?

·      Helping wildlife and plant species, especially rare species?

If so, the Landowner Incentive Program can help.


Technical assistance

Technical assistance is available to Wisconsin landowners free of charge, and is not contingent on applying for or receiving a LIP cost-share grant. A LIP biologist can work with you over the phone, email, or possibly even meet with you on your property, technical assistance can include:

·      Identifying what habitats (or species) may be present on your land

·      Suggesting approaches to management,

·      Help in determining priorities and timelines,

·      Guidance in developing management plans,

·      Referrals for cost or technical assistance, either through LIP or another program

·      Providing Information on land protection options

·      And more…


Cost-share assistance

LIP is a cost-share program and DNR can reimburse a landowner for up to 75% of the cost for the on-the-ground practices that are involved in the management of the project. The landowner is required to contribute the matching percentage.

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Tim Jacobson, CEO of Visjonær Consulting & Communications, has served as a board member and executive of a variety of nonprofit and for-profit organizations over the past two decades. He's author of the book Explosive Marketing for Nonprofits: Trajectory for Success, to be released in 2014, the executive producer of a documentary film, Mysteries of the Driftless, broadcast on PBS, and author of Amazon best-selling thriller The Kurchatov Penetration. He has been featured dozens-upon-dozens of times by TV and radio stations, magazines and newspapers for his organizational consulting, filmmaking, writing, conservation and legal work and for his exploration of international justice and peace issues.


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