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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2005

Contact: Elaine Makatura
(609) 292-2994

DEP OFFERS FEDERAL FUNDS TO PRIVATE LANDOWNERS
FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES PROTECTION

(05/118) TRENTON - Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced the availability of $475,000 in federal grant funds for New Jersey private landowners through the national Landowner Incentive Program (LIP).

LIP benefits threatened, endangered (state and federal) and other at-risk species by offering private landowners financial and technical assistance to protect, enhance or restore critical habitats on their properties.

"Most rare species in New Jersey are found on privately owned lands," said Commissioner Campbell. "Because of this, effective species protection can only be accomplished through active and thoughtful partnerships with willing landowners."

LIP grant proposals should focus on the enhancement of at least one rare species and its habitat in a significant way. Landowners must describe in detail how they intend to manage, protect or restore the habitat for that species. For a list of New Jersey's endangered, threatened and other at-risk species visit the DEP's division Web site at www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensphome.htm.

LIP is an annual competitive grant program fully funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and appropriated by Congress. In New Jersey, it is administered through the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife.

LIP is a cost-share program. Successful applicants must provide a minimum of 25 percent of the program’s total cost. Projects must be maintained for at least five years and landowners must be able to document measurable results.

Eligible applicants include private landowners as well as individuals, non-profit organizations and corporations with a documented long-term lease on private property (possessing a minimum of five years remaining on their lease agreement).

In addition, applicants must be able to implement a project as outlined in the management agreement and have property ranked one or above in the DEP's Landscape Project (see www.nj.gov/dep/gis/newmapping.htm to determine ranking). Applicants must also be willing to sign a project agreement and management plan with the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Funding priority will be given to three broad categories: grasslands of more than 10 acres, projects located within the lower 20 kilometers of the Cape May peninsula, and properties adjacent to permanently protected areas.

To request an application and guidelines, call 609-292-9400 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/lip_prog.htm. Applications (hard copy or electronic) must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on November 15, 2005 to: NJDEP, Division of Fish & Wildlife, Endangered & Nongame Species Program, P.O. Box 400, Trenton, NJ 08625-0400, Attn: LIP, or e-mailed to kim.korth@dep.state.nj.us.

Final decisions will be made by January 16, 2006. All applicants will receive notice of grant approval or disapproval by January 20, 2006.

 

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