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The Maryland Landowner Incentive Program (LIP)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the eligibility requirements?
    To be eligible for LIP funds, the land must be privately owned, contain potential habitat for species-at-risk in Maryland, and the landowner must be willing to maintain the project for a minimum of 5 years.

  2. Is there a minimum size requirement for funding?
    No. However, this is also a competitive grant program and in order for us to rank applications and prioritize our funding we will be looking at several factors including potential habitat for species-at-risk, need, and goals of the landowner. Size will not necessarily be the overwhelming factor in our ranking criteria. More important is the potential habitat for specific species-at-risk. For instance, someone may have 800 acres in an area, but none of that land supports a species-at-risk. Conversely, another landowner may have only 1 acre of land but the land contains an ecologically important wetland for a federally endangered species.

  3. What is the maximum amount of funding I can receive?
    There is no cap to the maximum amount of funding that can be received by an individual applicant. Funding will be based on the scope and duration of each individual project.

  4. How do I apply?
    Landowners, or a representative, must submit a completed Maryland Landowner Incentive Program Application. You do not need to know in advance what species are present or what kinds of projects might be appropriate. LIP biologists will review and rank the applications and the top ranked applicants will receive site visits and technical assistance to develop LIP habitat conservation projects.

  5. I don't know what species-at-risk are found on my land, how do I find this info out?
    The information provided in the LIP application will enable LIP biologists to create digital property boundaries that can be used to check for species records and ranges that may fall in or near the property.

  6. How do I know if my property contains potential habitat?
    LIP biologists will be able to assess the habitat potential of a property based on our species data and land maps using GIS analysis.

  7. How long must I maintain this project on my property?
    The program requires that the landowner maintain a LIP funded project on the enrolled property for a minimum of 5 years.

  8. Will DNR staff have free access to my property if I participate in the project?
    DNR staff will need to have access to the property to monitor the project. Advance notice will be given prior to a site visit.

  9. Since this is a cost share program, do I have to pay the 25% cost out of my own pocket?
    No, the 25% match can be in the form of in-kind services or cash provided by partner agencies (non-federal).

  10. Am I required to work with a partner agency?
    No. However, working with a partner agency may provide additional resources and can be used as a source for the required 25% match. LIP biologists will work to identify potential partners for each project and other sources of funding that can be used as match.

  11. I own 2 separate properties. Can I submit a separate application for each?
    Yes! Each property will be individually evaluated. If funded, separate grant agreements will be drawn for each property.

  12. When are the deadlines?
    There are no deadlines; applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

  13. When will I know my status in the program?
    Grant decisions will be made within 12 weeks of when the application is received.

  14. How do I get reimbursed? How does the payment system work?
    Once a project is completed, the landowner will notify LIP biologists who will visit the site to check for compliance with the terms of the project agreement. Once compliance has been determined, the landowner will receive a check within 45 days.

  15. Are there any other funding sources available for private landowners? Are there any other conservation resources for private landowners?
    Yes, there are many resources available to help landowners. Check out our guide to conservation programs in Maryland.

  16. I have shore erosion control problems. Will LIP fund a project to abate this?
    LIP will not fund structural shore erosion control projects. LIP biologists will review non-structural projects that benefit species-at-risk on a case by case basis. Please see the Shore Erosion Control website:

  17. I want to protect habitat for rare, threatened, and endangered butterflies and birds, but do not want additional habitat for bears or snakes. Can we prevent this?
    The ecological environment is a linked and interdependent system. Every single native plant and animal plays a role is this system. Conserving wildlife habitats will benefit a suite of plant and animal species; regardless of whether we like or dislike them.

  18. I would like to restore habitat for species-at-risk and then I would like to stock quail for recreational hunting on my property, is this possible?
    If the LIP project provides habitat for grassland species such as quail then this may be a possibility. However, activities that are conducted on the property may not have a negative impact on species-at-risk or their habitat for LIP funded projects.

For more information, please contact:

Bradley Kennedy,