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Read the Fish and Wildlife Service news story on the Driftless Area and LIP.


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Contact information
For information on LIP, contact:
Dawn Hinebaugh
LIP coordinator
608-266-5243
Darcy Kind
LIP biologist
608-267-9789

Landowner Incentive Program Helping private landowners protect rare plants and animals

The goal of the Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) is to help private landowners create and manage habitat for species that are rare or declining. The program provides management advice, assistance with management plans and cost-share funding to individuals and organizations on private lands - with a focus on the Driftless Area of Wisconsin.

Swamplovers property with pale purple coneflower

The Swamplovers Foundation property in Dane County that provides habitat for many of Wisconsin's at-risk species.

LIP is not currently accepting applications for project funding. If new funds are secured, our next request for proposals (RFP) will likely be late 2017 or early 2018. Please check back or feel free to call us with questions.

Private landowners and conservation

The biggest threat to plants and animals world-wide is loss or degradation of habitat. With more than 85% of Wisconsin’s landscape under private ownership, landowners play a key role in helping conserve the beauty and diversity of Wisconsin’s natural heritage for future generations. As a landowner, you can make a difference.

Would you be interested in:

  • Improving or creating habitat for native plants and wildlife?
  • Receiving technical help to improve your property?
  • Helping wildlife and plant species, especially rare species?

If so, the Landowner Incentive Program can help.

Cost-share assistance

LIP is a cost-share program and DNR can reimburse a landowner for up to 75% of the cost for the on-the-ground practices that are involved in the management of the project. The landowner is required to contribute the matching percentage. Read our "frequently asked questions" to learn more.

Technical assistance

Technical assistance is available to Wisconsin landowners free of charge, and is not contingent on applying for or receiving a LIP cost-share grant. The LIP biologist can work with you over the phone, email, or possibly even meet with you on your property. Technical assistance can include:

A LIP field trip
  • identifying what habitats (or species) may be present on your land;
  • suggesting approaches to management;
  • help in determining priorities and timelines;
  • guidance in developing management plans;
  • referrals for cost or technical assistance, either through LIP or another program; and
  • providing information on land protection options.

Documents for landowners

Last revised: Monday August 28 2017