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Grant applications open for private landowners

From Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

-- The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has been informing private landowners who want to actively manage their property to benefit wildlife to apply for a Landowner Incentive Program grant.

The program can reimburse private landowners up to 75 percent of the total project cost of managing lands to improve habitat for declining wildlife species across the Commonwealth. Individual private landowners, sportsmen's clubs, land trusts, and other conservation organizations are encouraged to apply to the program.

"Because of the extremely limited funding available, it is important for applicants to review the new, updated criteria for this funding cycle," according to Mike Sawyers, program coordinator.

Interested landowners can learn more about the program and the Request for Response posting at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/habitat/grants/lip/lip_home.htm.

The grant application period opened Jan. 9 and closes March 5.

Past projects have benefited a wide array of species at risk across the Commonwealth.  Through this program DFW has contributed close to $3.5 million for the conservation of declining species on private land over the program's six-year history.

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