Here you will find information about grants and other technical assistance available to both private and public landowners with an interest in managing their properties for the benefit of wildlife.
Over 80% of the Commonwealth's land base is privately owned and many types of rare aquatic and terrestrial wildlife are found on privately owned lands and waterways. Recognizing that fish and wildlife conservation goals cannot be fully met solely by focusing habitat management efforts on public lands, MassWildlife launched a Biodiversity Initiative (BDI) in 1996. Funded with open space bond funds from the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, the Biodiversity Initiative consists of inter-related habitat management programs which provide assistance to public and private landowners to actively manage their property for the benefit of wildlife.
The Upland Habitat Management Program, designed to assist public and private landowners, focuses on habitat management that creates or enhances old fields, grasslands, and shrub lands; important habitats that have been disappearing from the Massachusetts landscape along with associated wildlife such as whip-poor-wills and the New England cottontail.
The Ecological Restoration Program focuses on lands under permanent conservation protection identified from MassWildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program database. Box turtles, bobwhite quail and frosted elfin butterflies are among the wildlife which have benefited from prescribed burns and other habitat management activities conducted by this program.
In 2004, MassWildlife's initiated the Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) to engage private landowners in active wildlife habitat enhancement with funding from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. LIP is a cost sharing partnership that provides financial and technical assistance to private landowners interested in developing and maintaining wildlife habitat on their property.