From the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
-- The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) is currently accepting Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) applications from landowners interested in longleaf pine restoration and/or enhancement.
The LIP cost-share grants are being made available to Alabama landowners thanks to a $300,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant awarded to WFF through a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2010.
Through the cost-share grants, landowners can receive assistance with site preparation, seedlings, planting, native grass restoration and/or exotic control costs. For landowners to be considered eligible to receive funding, the property must be within the historic range of longleaf pine in Alabama, or contain suitable soils to support longleaf pine.
Program details include: cost share at 50 percent, no minimum acreage is required, cutover sites and agricultural sites are eligible and 435 trees per acre is the maximum amount that can be planted under the program.
The ARRA funds are administered to complement habitat restoration goals of the Department’s LIP and the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.
These programs provide financial and/or technical assistance to private landowners to conserve, manage or enhance the habitats of species in greatest conservation need, including Alabama’s longleaf pine population. For application information contact Traci George at (334)353-0503, or by email at Traci.George@dcnr.alabama.gov or USFWS Partners for Fish & Wildlife Biologist Jim Bates at (706) 544-6422.