Idaho Landowner Incentive Program


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The Landowner Incentive Program's (LIP) purpose is to encourage landowners to think proactively about conservation on their own land, by improving existing habitat that hosts at-risk species, thereby assisting in species recovery and/or pre-empting the listing of declining species. Idaho's LIP is designed to provide incentives to landowners desiring to implement voluntary conservation actions.

Funding Interests

This is a program designed for rare and often unnoticed plants, insects, reptiles, as well as species like the bald eagle. Many at-risk species are not well documented on private lands.

Specific practices include:

  • Developing conservation easements.
  • Controlling noxious weeds and invasive plants.
  • Adjusting grazing/agricultural management.
  • Fencing to protect sensitive areas.
  • Enhancing riparian vegetation along tributary streams.
  • Restoring connectivity of tributary stream to the main-stem river.
  • Repairing damaged stream banks.
  • Removing barriers for fish passage.
  • Installing alternative water use practices.
  • Implementing prescribed burns or other mechanical treatments.

Geographic Focus


Types of Support


Grant Size

$0 to $50000

Requirements & Limitations

In order to be eligible, you must be a private landowner. Organizations working with private landowners can apply on behalf of the landowner(s). You must be willing to sign a landowner agreement and agree to maintain LIP-funded habitat enhancement or restoration projects for an agreed-upon length of time. A 35% nonfederal contribution is required, which may include cash and/or in-kind (labor, machinery, materials) contribution. Priority will be given to projects that provide more than the required minimum 35% nonfederal contribution.

Application Process

An application form, instructions, and evaluation criteria are available for downloading at this website.


While IDFG will accept project proposals at any time, an "official" application period deadline closed March 1, 2008.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Conservation Easement to protect Sandhill Cranes and Columbian Sharp-Tailed Grouse.
Amount: $235200
Purpose: Established a conservation easement through the Teton Regional Land Trust in partnership with two landowners in Driggs, benefiting sandhill cranes, Columbian sharp-tailed grouse and other species.

Grant 2

Grantee: Palouse Prairie Easement
Amount: $402300

Conservation easement of a Palouse Prairie remnant in partnership with the Latah Soil and Water Conservation District, private landowners and the Palouse Land Trust.

Grant 3

Grantee: Duck and Kelley Springs creeks restoration.
Amount: $8000

Restoration project on Duck and Kelly Springs creeks for a fish barrier removal in partnership with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Henrys Lake Foundation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Wildlife Program and a private landowner.

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