Landowner Incentive Program (LIP)

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.

Getting Started

The Texas LIP currently offers the following funding options

LIP Partners Watershed Funding Series

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 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: February 15, 2019.
  • 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 specifically dedicated to conservation actions that positively impact these watersheds.

Pecos Watershed Grassland Restoration Funding Series

The Pecos Watershed Grassland Restoration Funding Series is designed to restore desert grassland on private lands within the Pecos Watershed of Texas. This allocation of LIP Funding is through a cooperative agreement between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Rio Grande Joint Venture.

Conservation License Plate LIP Funding Series

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.

Projects from this funding are selected from the applicant pool for the LIP Partners Watershed Funding Series.

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.

What's Going On With LIP?

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.


Texas LIP currently offers the following funding options

The LIP Partners Watershed Funding Series

  • Pre-proposal submission deadline: February 15, 2019.
  • 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 2018, so plan work timeline accordingly.
  • View and Find Texas Watersheds

  • 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:

  1. Highest priority: projects within identified priority watersheds that are expected to directly benefit Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed species and their habitats
  2. High priority: projects that are expected to directly benefit ESA-listed species and their habitats, but not located in a priority watershed
  3. 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 2019 and 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:

  • Cost-effectiveness
  • 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 issue.
  • 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).

Additional Questions?

Contact Arlene Kalmbach (LIP Coordinator), your local TPWD Wildlife biologist, and/or any of the additional contacts provided in the funding series descriptions, listed above.


The LIP Conserving Texas Rivers Funding Series

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation
  • Project proposals taken on a continuous basis until all funds are spent.
  • Targeting property in both the riparian zone and uplands of the:
    • Rio Grande Watershed
    • Llano River Watershed
    • Pedernales River Watershed
    • Blanco River Watershed
  • View and Find Texas Watersheds

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.


Pecos Watershed Grassland Restoration Funding Series

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation
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Rio Grande Joint Venture Logo

The Pecos Watershed Grassland Restoration Funding Series is designed to restore desert grassland on private lands within the Pecos Watershed of Texas. This allocation of LIP Funding is through a cooperative agreement between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Rio Grande Joint Venture.


Conservation License Plate LIP Funding Series

Projects from this funding are selected from the applicant pool for the LIP Partners Watershed Funding Series.

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 (SGCN) 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, for more information see the High Priority SGCN Species List for Texas PDF.

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.


Contacts

Arlene Kalmbach
Arlene.Kalmbach@tpwd.texas.gov
Landowner Incentive Program Coordinator
(512) 924-6987
Megan Bean
Megan.Bean@tpwd.texas.gov
Watershed Biologist
Inland Fisheries Division
(512) 214-3449
Ryan McGillicuddy
Ryan.McGillicuddy@tpwd.texas.gov
Conservation Ecologist
Inland Fisheries Division<
(512) 754-6844