New Jersey Landowner Incentive Program

The Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) is one partnership that can provide private landowners interested in conserving threatened and endangered species on their property with financial and technical assistance. It is the goal of LIP to work with private landowners to protect important habitats so our children and great grandchildren can witness our great conservation efforts.

LIP is a cost-share program. Successful applicants will be required to provide a minimum of 25 percent of the program's total cost. Projects must be maintained for at least five years with documented measurable results.

LIP benefits threatened, endangered (both state and federal) and other at-risk species by offering private landowners financial and technical assistance to protect, enhance or restore critical habitats on their properties. LIP is an annual competitive grant program fully funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and appropriated by Congress.


Eligibility for funds include private landowners as well as individuals, non-profit organizations and corporations with a documented long-term lease on private property (possessing a minimum of five years remaining on their lease agreement). In addition, applicants will be required to implement a project as outlined in the management agreement. Applicants must also be willing to sign a project agreement and management plan with the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

The Division expects that funding priority will be given to two broad categories: 1) grasslands of more than 10 acres, and 2) projects located within the Cape May peninsula. Funding priority will also be given to projects benefiting the following species: 1) bog turtle, 2) Indiana bat, and 3) bald eagle.

The Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) encourages creative, innovative and cost-effective projects for conserving rare species. The types of projects that might qualify for the Landowner Incentive Program are as varied and diverse as the many rare species and the habitats that they depend upon. Some examples of potential projects that could benefit rare New Jersey species include:
 Native vegetation restoration
 Vernal pool restoration
 Invasive species control
 Changing haying or grazing regimes
 Prescribed burns
 Implementing sustainable forestry practices
 Constructing enclosure/exclosure fences
 Gating caves
 Fencing off streams
For the foreseeable future, LIP is focusing its efforts on:
 Grassland within regional priority areas.
 Protecting critical migratory bird stopover areas on the lower 20 kilometers of Cape May peninsula; and
 Projects adjacent to state Wildlife Management Areas and other permanently protected areas.


Applications can be submitted at any time and must focus on the enhancement of at least one rare species and its habitat in a significant way. Landowners may contact a regional Private Lands Biologist for assistance in applying and an application (or download the application form below). Private Lands Biologist contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.

Criteria for Applying 

  • Your property must provide potentially suitable habitat for the targeted species. You can determine your property’s Landscape Project rank by using i-MapNJ at
  • Your project must contribute to the enhancement of at least one rare animal or plant species or its habitat in a significant way. (includes species that are federally or state listed as threatened or
    endangered, as well as species of special concern in New Jersey).
  • The results of the project must be measurable. So you must agree to allow biologists onto your property for both a preagreement survey and periodic progress checks.
  • You must sign a project agreement and management plan with the Division of Fish & Wildlife. These plans will be designed to meet each landowner's unique conservation and land use needs and objectives. 
  • Project duration of 5 years is required and more is preferred. 
  • A 25% cost share provided by the landowner is required (typically this cost share is labor and materials). 
  • Property must be owned by a private landowner.

Application Forms

LIP Application Form (pdf, 11kb)
LIP Application Form (.doc, 100kb)

The application form can be completed and e-mailed as an attachment to, or printed and snail-mailed to:

Attn: ENSP - LIP
NJ Div. of Fish and Wildlife
PO Box 400
Trenton, NJ 08625-0400

Private Lands Biologist Contact Information:
MacKenzie Hall, North Jersey: 908-852-2576 x112
Ross Shramko, South Jersey: 609-267-0811 x113

Information Resources
LIP Brochure - 11"x8.5" (pdf, 135kb)
New Jersey's Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
New Jersey's Wildlife Species of Special Concern
List of NJ Endangered Plant Species and Plant Species of Concern - Natural Heritage Program

For maps of critical wildlife habitat in your area please refer to the Landscape Project Map or iMAPNJ.

Contact New Jersey Landowner Incentive Program

Contact New Jersey Landowner Incentive Program

Kim Korth, LIP Project Manager
PO Box 400, 501 E. State Street
Attn: ENSP - LIP, NJ Div. of Fish and Wildlife
Trenton, New Jersey  08625-0400
Phone: 609-292-9400


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • New Jersey