The first step is to contact your local TPWD office and establish a relationship with a staff biologist who will help you with an ecological assessment of your land, review your goals, and provide you with information regarding the various incentive and assistance programs available. If together you decide that the LIP program could help you meet your management and restoration goals, your TPWD biologist will assist you to prepare and submit a project proposal packet.
Landowner Incentive Program (LIP)
Prospective LIP Landowners
Current LIP Landowners
Arlene Kalmbach (512) 924-6987
TPWD LIP Coordinator
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.
- Meet the specific requirements of your targeted LIP funding series. (see below)
- The results of the proposed action(s) must be measurable. Therefore, the landowner must agree to allow biologists onto their property for a pre-agreement survey and periodic progress checks to assess the success of the project objectives. Priority is also given to those projects where long term species monitoring is implemented.
- The landowner must be willing to sign a project agreement. Each agreement will be designed to meet the landowner's individual conservation and land use needs and objectives. Inability to complete LIP project due to weather or other conditions beyond the landowner's control will be considered individually and rescheduled.
The LIP is a competitive grant program. Project proposals are reviewed and ranked according to the ranking criteria specific to the funding series. Depending on the funding series, proposals are also reviewed by USFWS biologists, TPWD diversity biologists and/or fisheries staff. The primary selection criteria will be based on the extent to which the action achieves the goals of the targeted funding series balanced against the cost effectiveness of the proposed action. Applicants not selected will be eligible to reapply. Successful applicants will be notified and arrangements will be made to develop terms of the agreement. Because LIP utilizes federal funds, TPWD is required to provide assurances that the project will not negatively impact important cultural resources or federally-listed species, so reviews may be needed depending on the planned project activities.
TPWD encourages effective and cost-efficient conservation projects. Funds can be used for projects that enhance and protect wildlife habitat and/or enhance target watersheds. Common practices include native plant restoration, control of exotic vegetation, prescribed burning, selective brush management, wetland enhancement, riparian restoration, and forest stand improvement. Other actions not listed here that will accomplish conservation goals at reasonable cost are encouraged and will be considered.
LIP is a cost-share reimbursement program. Depending on the funding series, TPWD will contribute between 50% and 75% of a total project cost, while the applicant is expected to contribute the balance (materials or in-kind services are acceptable match). LIP is a reimbursement program, so landowners receive payment upon completion of planned practices and submission of valid invoices. Receipt of payment will be contingent on the landowner's fulfillment of the agreement and completion of the project. Landowners are expected to work with their TPWD biologist to document final results of the project. Requests for reimbursement must be submitted by the TPWD or USFWS biologist working on the project. Annual program funding varies according to availability of LIP funds. Project proposals must be filled out by a TPWD biologist who will work on the project. Please contact your local TPWD Wildlife biologist for more information.
Prospective LIP Landowners
The Texas LIP currently offers the following funding options:
The LIP Partners Watershed Funding SeriesThe 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 cooperative agreement with the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. All projects approved for funding are thereby subject to the terms and conditions of that Program
- Pre-proposal submission deadline: July 15, 2016.
- Exceptional projects will be funded on a rolling basis so don't wait for a submission deadline to submit.
LIP Conserving Texas Rivers Funding Series
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.
- Project proposals taken on a continuous basis until all funds are spent.
- Targeting property in both the riparian zone and uplands of the Llano, Pedernales & Blanco Watersheds.
TPWD has a statutory and fiduciary responsibility to maximize cost-effectiveness of grant dollars. One important measure of cost effectiveness is the quantity or quality of tangible products proposed to be generated from funded projects. Applicants may voluntarily reduce their reimbursable indirect (F&A) rates to dedicate more funds to their project goals. Unrecovered indirect costs may be used to meet match requirements.
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LIP in Action
Llano River Watershed, Mason County
This spring was fenced out from continuous cattle grazing to encourage the growth of riparian vegetation. Native riparian vegetation provides a buffer from nutrients flowing into the system, habitat for wildlife, and benefits the spring and aquatic fauna.
The Texas LIP currently offers the following funding options:The LIP Partners Watershed Funding Series
- Pre-proposal submission deadline: Late spring – July 15, 2016..
- Selected pre-proposals will then be required to submit a full proposal (template will be provided).
- After ranking and careful review by committee projects selected for funding can anticipate having a contract in place by October 2016 so plan work timeline accordingly.
TPWD biologists - Download the LIP Pre-proposal Template.
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:
- Highest priority: projects within identified priority watersheds that are expected to directly benefit Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed species and their habitats
- High priority: projects that are expected to directly benefit ESA-listed species and their habitats, but not located in a priority watershed
- Other priority: projects that are expected to benefit other state or federal trust species and their habitats.
Regardless of location, good projects are encouraged to apply and will be reviewed and receive funding if available.
Special emphasis will be placed on projects that also show benefit to
Fiscal year 2016 & Highest Priority Watersheds:
- All of the Brazos River Basin with an emphasis above Possum Kingdom reservoir
- All of the Colorado River Basin with an emphasis on the Llano and Pedernales Rivers
- All of the Guadalupe/San Antonio River Basin
- All of the Rio Grande River Basin - including the lower Pecos River below I-10 and Devils River
Additional selection prioritization factors include:
- Efficiency and sustainability of the proposed restoration action
- Matching contributions volunteered by private landowners to implement the proposed restoration action
- Proximity of the proposed action to USFWS, TPWD, or other privately protected areas,
- Relevance to emerging fish, wildlife, plant and habitat conservation issues.
- Long term protection
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).
- Project proposals taken on a continuous basis until all funds are spent.
- Targeting property in both the riparian zone and uplands of the:
- Llano River Watershed
- Pedernales River Watershed
- Blanco River Watershed
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.
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: