Minnesota Landowner Incentive Program

LIP provides technical and financial assistance to eligible, private landowners within LIP project areas, who are interested in enhancing habitat on their land for target species.

Target species are:
Plants and animals identified under state or federal endangered species laws as endangered, threatened or of special concern (listed species) and non-listed animal species with declining or vulnerable populations

LIP is a voluntary, incentive-based program. LIP is not a land acquisition program and fee-title acquisition is not an eligible use of LIP funds

LIP is a grant program administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and implemented through state natural resource agencies. Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources, implements LIP in MN.

Types of assistance available to eligible landowners

  • Technical assistance with the development of habitat management/stewardship plans.
  • Assistance with the implementation of habitat enhancement projects.
  • Financial assistance grants (landowner reimbursement payments) for implementing LIP approved habitat projects.


  1. You must be a private landowner. Organizations working with private landowners can apply on behalf of the landowner(s).
  2. Your proposed project will enhance habitat for target species. While LIP projects provide many benefits to the landowner (hunting, wildlife viewing, erosion control, improved water quality, etc) the primary outcomes monitored over time are the cumulative contributions that LIP projects make to rare species recovery.
  3. The land upon which you wish to implement your LIP project contains a native plant community (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/npc/index.html) or remnant and is within a LIP project area. \

LIP Project Areas: Funding availability and application deadlines vary by project area. Please contact the LIP staff in your area for more information.

Prairie Timber Rattlesnake,
Bluff Prairie
St. Croix Corridor


If you meet the above requirements and are interested in assistance with development of a management plan or financial assistance for habitat enhancement please complete the LIP Eligibility Form  and submit it to the Landowner Incentive Program Manager in the appropriate focus area. If your project is eligible for LIP, DNR staff will assist you with the application process. Landowners can chose from a number of implementation options:

  • The landowner implements the project and is reimbursed for allowable project costs
  • DNR staff assist with implementation
  • DNR staff contract with vendors through DNR's competitive bid process
  • DNR staff coordinates with, and complements, other private lands habitat programs working with the landowner

All LIP applications are evaluated and prioritized for funding based on:

  • The number and population size of listed plants and animals on or adjacent to the project site that could benefit from the proposed project
  • The number and population size of listed plants or animals in the vicinity of the project site
  • The site's habitat function, such as breeding area, dispersal corridor, etc.
  • The potential consequences to listed species of not implementing the project
  • The project's location in relation to high quality natural areas, public lands (parks, scientific and natural areas, wildlife management areas, aquatic management areas, nature preserves), or other LIP project sites
  • The overall cost of the project, the landowner's cost share contribution, and the project life span
  • LIP ability to implement the project (e.g. the availability of contractors or staff to implement the project)


Contact Minnesota Landowner Incentive Program

Contact Minnesota Landowner Incentive Program

Peter Buesseler, SNA Prairie Biologist
Minnesota DNR
1509 1st Ave. N.
Fergus Falls, Minnesota  56537
Phone: 218-739-7497


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Minnesota