Does degree of protection matter in the application?

Yes. The greater the degree of protection, the higher the ranking in the criteria.

In a Condominium Association, their meadows have return to woodlands. The project is adjacent to protected National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) AND Town Conservation Land. Should projects emphasize surrounding properties?

Yes.

Am I eligible if my land is in Chapter 61 or 61A?

Yes. Make certain you are in compliance with your Chapter 61 or 61A requirements.

What if I have an existing Forestry Management Plan in place?

If you have a Forestry Plan in place you should consult your forester to review your Stewardship Plan. You may use a Forestry plan to help write your LIP Management Plan. Just make sure that your LIP Management Plan does not interfere with your Forestry Plan or you could lose your Chapter 61 status.

What about Chapter 61 property that could be improved - is that eligible for funding?

Forest improvements do qualify, but you need to check your Chapter 61 agreement as well as any other restrictions that may be on the property before applying. You may also want to consult a forester regarding management. Remember - always approach your LIP application from a habitat/wildlife perspective.

How does LIP fit in with the Forest Stewardship Program?

LIP is an active management plan that can fit in with a FSP. Money from both programs can be used on a particular project so long as you meet each program's match requirements. You cannot use funds from one program to pay the match of another.

I have forested land next to protected land, is this a good fit for LIP?

Yes. It is part of our Ranking Criteria.

What do you mean when you say "my land is adjacent to a Wildlife Management Area"?

Adjacent does not have to mean that it "abuts" or touches your property. It is important to note in your application that there are other protected habitats or similar habitats in the vicinity.

I have land that is protected by the Rivers Protection Act. Can I still be considered for LIP?

Yes. However, property that falls under the Rivers Protection Act could trigger additional permits and compliance requirements.

Is BioMap2 a good references for a project?

Yes, we use BioMap2 as a target area and as one of the Ranking Criteria for selecting projects.

Does BioMap2 Core habitat have a higher ranking?

Yes. To find out if your property is with the BioMap2 core habitat, please visit the MassWildlife Natural Heritage website and use the Interactive BioMap2 to locate your property. Additionally you can go to find out if your property falls in Core habitat at your town offices.

Does the tax status of the land in an application make any difference?

Tax status itself does not make a difference. However, degree of protection is a Ranking Criteria.

Do grantees have any flexibility as to where the management practices occur within the LIP Project Area?

Yes, as long as the management practice occurs in the LIP Project Area delineated in the application. For example, if you propose to burn three acres on a thirty acre plot, you can choose and justify which three acres are in need of management in the application.