Tennessee Landowner Incentive Program


This new program is designed to protect, enhance, or restore rare species habitats on Tennessee’s private lands. TNLIP will provide 75% cost-share assistance and some cash incentives for landowners to implement best management practices on their property. The program focus is rare species but the final product will benefit the landowners by reducing erosion or other negative impacts that may occur on their lands. The enhanced habitats will also serve to improve game species by providing upland habitats for deer, turkey, quail, and other species but also improve water quality for trout, bass, and even human uses.

TNLIP projects will go from this:               To this:

Photos courtesy of the USDA NRCS

Many of Tennessee’s rare species occur in the streams and rivers across the state and occur on or near many properties without ever being noticed. The TNLIP will be helping these species by improving water quality through property improvements adjacent to the streams and rivers. In a majority of the projects implemented, landowners will never see the species they are helping. In all cases, cooperating landowners should not worry about liabilities or loss of property rights with rare species on their land because TWRA will provide safeguards to ensure no change in land use rights or practices will result if endangered or threatened species are located on or near your property.

The TNLIP is a statewide program and can provide technical and financial assistance to landowners in all of Tennessee’s counties. Currently, the Duck River and Hatchie River watersheds are designated as priority areas for TNLIP and landowners on these rivers or their tributaries are highly recommended to apply for assistance. The only requirements for program eligibility are: 1) the property is privately owned and 2) the project will benefit rare species habitat.

The TNLIP is a very flexible program designed to benefit all of Tennessee’s rare species. As a result, almost any practice that will benefit a rare species could be considered under this program. A majority of the effort will be dedicated to improving aquatic habitats by reducing erosion on properties near streams. Some example projects would include:
-Channel Bank Vegetation
-Exclusion fencing
-Alternative water sources
-Field Border
-Riparian Buffer
-Filter Strip
-Stream Habitat Improvement and Management
-Grade Stabilization Structure
-Heavy Use Area Protection
-Stream Crossing
-Channel Stabilization

Conservation practices will make dramatic improvements to your land.

TNLIP projects will go from this:               To this:

Photos courtesy of the USDA NRCS

1. Contact TNLIP Coordinator (615-837-6008) or submit a completed
Phase 1 Application – Information.
2. TNLIP personnel will recommend further program guidance and schedule a site visit to your property.
3. TNLIP personnel will visit your property, assess habitats, and discuss potential management techniques.
Phase 2 Application – Management Plan  is completed and
submitted to the TNLIP Coordinator. TWRA strongly suggests landowners use free services provided by TNLIP personnel or cooperators to provide free technical assistance and write your plan to ensure management best addresses program criteria.
5. The TNLIP review committee will rank projects based on
program criteria and select the most environmentally beneficial projects for funding. Unfunded projects can be resubmitted in future grant cycles.
6. Approved projects will have final management plans, budgets, and timelines determined and projects implemented.


Program information, descriptions, and applications can be located by following these links:
General Information

Phase 1 Application

Phase 2 Application

Ranking Criteria
(provided for information purposes only)

Click here to view our expanded private lands information on our website

Contact Tennessee Landowner Incentive Program

Contact Tennessee Landowner Incentive Program

Gray Anderson, TNLIP Coordinator
Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Wildlife Division, TNLIP
440 Hogan Rd
Nashville, Tennessee  37220
Phone: 615-837-6008


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Tennessee