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  1. You must be a private landowner (Required).
  2. Preference given for lands which occur in or close to BioMap2 Core Habitat and Critical Natural Landscapes or the projects are within in Priority Habitat as identified by the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program.
  3. State or federally listed plants or animals occur on or in the near vicinity of your proposed LIP project.
  4. Your proposed project will enhance or restore habitat for state or federally listed plants or animals.
  5. A stewardship or management plan exists for the proposed project area. Conservation organizations may be able to assist eligible landowners with recommendations on a limited basis.
  6. If your project area is not permanently protected, you are willing to sign a landowner agreement and agree to keep the LIP-funded habitat enhancement or restoration project as wildlife habitat for length of time based on the amount of funding. This requires that ONLY the area of your property that is managed be kept as wildlife habitat for species-at-risk.
  7. MassWildlife promotes cost-share projects that resourcefully and creatively seek to manage wildlife habitat that conserves natural communities and species-at-risk. You must be willing to commit a portion of total project costs in dollars or effort.

Landowners eligible to receive funding include land that is not owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the federal government. Private landowners, individually or as a group, can submit project proposals for their property. Additionally, individuals or groups (e.g. land conservancies or trusts, watershed councils, community organizations, or conservation organizations) working with private landowners or on trust lands are also eligible.

Projects should focus on:

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  • Habitat Improvement (natural vegetation restoration, habitat protection, invasive control, etc.)
  • Habitat Management (old-field restoration, prescribed burns, modified haying, etc.)
  • Habitat Creation (nest site creation, young forest creation, etc.)

We will be focusing our attention for this round of grants on early successional habitat such as grasslands and scrub/shrub land, shorebird breeding areas, NHESP priority natural communities and areas with At-Risk-Species. To determine the qualification of your property please visit the . Special attention will be given to land adjacent to Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) or other protected areas.

To assist in determining if your land is appropriate for LIP funding, please review the following questions:

  • Are you the Property owner? If "NO", Organizations working with private landowners can apply on behalf of the landowner(s).
  • Does the proposed project site have a management plan? If "yes", what type of plan (forest stewardship, farm viability, etc.)?
  • What is the protection status of the LIP project area? Does it have a Conservation Easement on it or is it in Chapter 61?
  • Are plants and/or animals listed as endangered, threatened, or species-at-risk ()present or adjacent to the proposed project site? Talk with your town Conservation Commission, area Land Trusts or MassWildlife if you need help determining what may be on or in the area of your property.
  • How many of these species would benefit from activities planned in your management plan?
  • What is the current use and predominant cover of the potential project area (forested-timber harvest or cropped-hay harvest, etc.)?
  • Is the Proposed Project area adjacent to public or privately protected land or similar habitat? (Ex. Wildlife Management Areas, Land trust land, Mass Audubon land, etc.)
  • How many acres is the proposed LIP project area (does not have to be the entire property)?