The Texas Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) is a collaborative effort between TPWD Wildlife and Inland Fisheries Divisions to meet the needs of private, non-federal landowners wishing to enact good conservation practices on their lands for the benefit of healthy terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. LIP is funded through partnerships with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and other partners.
The LIP Conserving Texas Rivers Funding Series is dedicated to conservation actions that positively impact the Llano, Pedernales & Blanco Watersheds.
Property does not have to include a riparian area to be considered. Many forms of conservation land stewardship will qualify, including upland habitat enhancements.
The Conservation License Plate LIP Funding Series is dedicated to enhancing habitat for rare and at-risk species in Texas identified in the Texas Conservation Action Plan as Species of Greatest Conservation Need. This allocation of LIP funding is made possible through the purchase of Conservation License Plates in Texas.
The LIP Partners Watershed Funding Series is designed to meet the needs of private, non-federal landowners wishing to enact good conservation practices on their lands. This allocation of LIP funding is made possible through a grant from the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. All projects approved for funding are thereby subject to the terms and conditions of that Program. Projects supported by this funding series are managed jointly by TPWD and USFWS biologists. The goal of this funding series is to establish, restore, and/or enhance habitat for state and federal trust fish, wildlife and plant species on privately owned lands (non-state and non-federal).
Project proposals will be prioritized based on the following criteria:
Regardless of location, good projects are encouraged to apply and will be reviewed and receive funding if available.
Additional selection prioritization factors include:
NOTE: With this LIP funding series prescribed fire projects cannot be supported unless the landowner or hired burn crew can demonstrate compliance with USFWS and NWCG Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations and the guidance set forth in Chapter 17 of the FWS Fire Management Handbook (PDF).
This Funding Series is specifically dedicated to conservation actions that positively impact these three watersheds. Property does not have to include a riparian area to be considered. Many forms of conservation land stewardship will qualify, including upland habitat enhancements. The goal is to restore riparian zones, restore aquatic habitats, improve water quality, increase water quantity, reduce erosion, and remove non-native species. The program encourages and supports a wide array of sustainable land-use activities that are compatible with aquatic resource conservation. While the ultimate goal of this funding is to improve habitat for the state fish, the Guadalupe Bass, this funding will be used to support projects implementing conservation actions on any habitat within the targeted watershed with the understanding that conservation based land stewardship will have a positive impact on the watershed.
The Conservation License Plate LIP Funding Series is dedicated to enhancing habitat for rare and declining species native to Texas to aid in reducing the need for federal protection. These species are identified as Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Texas Conservation Action Plan (TCAP), and are considered "high priority" as a result of their rarity, risk of further decline, and their need for conservation action to achieve population recovery.
This allocation of LIP funding is made possible through the purchase of Conservation License Plates in Texas.
We encourage all good conservation projects to submit pre-proposals for consideration. Projects that show a direct benefit to SGCN species considered “high priority,” that have known populations of such species within the project area, and that are willing to provide location-specific data to inform future conservation efforts for such species will rank the highest. Projects that benefit species that are listed as SGCN in the TCAP that are not considered “high priority” will also be given careful consideration for funding. Projects will be considered for funding on a rolling basis. Landowner contribution is encouraged but not required. Awards do not generally exceed more than $30,000 in LIP reimbursement.
*Special consideration will be given to habitat enhancement projects that offer long-term protection, long-term monitoring, and that will provide location-specific data for high priority SGCN.
This allocation of LIP funding is made possible through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as well as partnerships with Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. All projects approved for funding are thereby subject to the terms and conditions of that grant. Grants require a 50:50 cost share.
Additional contacts for this funding series are: