Alabama Landowner Incentive Program

The Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) is a Federal grant program made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The primary objective of this program is to provide technical and/or financial assistance to private landowners for the direct benefit of conserving, managing or enhancing the habitats of species in greatest conservation need.

Locations in Alabama where opportunity exists to provide financial assistance to landowners are identified based on the number of benefited target species, the quantity and quality of habitat managed and the longevity of the benefits. LIP offers up to 75% of project funding, increases economic & esthetic values of private property may offer financial incentives in the form of conservation easements and/or other funding opportunities and complements other programs that enhance, protect and restore lands for wildlife.

Am I eligible for this program?
Any private landowner in Alabama may sign up for this program. At this time, LIP is focusing its restoration efforts in the Paint Rock, Cahaba, Choctawhatchee and Coosa River basin and the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem.

What practices are eligible under this program?
Wildlife practices that will benefit species at risk are acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to, reducing nonpoint source pollution, stream restoration, cattle exclusion fencing, cave protection, bottomland hardwood planting, native groundcover restoration, planting longleaf pine, prescribed burning, exotic species control and publicize and encourage landowner participation in Alabama's Red Cockaded Woodpecker Safe Harbor Program. A complete list of Alabama's species at risk is identified in the Alabama Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy.

What is cost share?
Cost share is the contribution that is made from the landowner. This can be made by monetary means and/or in-kind services.

What are in-kind services?
In-kind service is a contribution made to the project from the landowner, or other volunteers. This consists of any labor by an individual to the project, contribution of supplies or personal equipment use.

Will I automatically receive monetary assistance when I sign up?
Unfortunately, not all applications that are submitted for funding will be approved. All landowner applications go through a competitive process. Due to limited funding, the highest scoring applications will be selected for cost share assistance on a reimbursement basis.

Do I have to have a minimum amount of acreage?
You do not have to have a minimum amount of acreage for stream restoration projects. For longleaf pine, 15 acres is the minimum amount of acreage needed.

How do I apply?
Contact the LIP Coordinator at 334-353-0503 or

2013 Longleaf Pine Application

Contact Alabama Landowner Incentive Program

Contact Alabama Landowner Incentive Program

Traci Wood
Alabama LIP Coordinator
64 N. Union Street, Suite 658
Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
Montgomery, Alabama  36130
Phone: (334) 353-0503
Fax: (334) 242-3032


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Alabama