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Landowner Incentive Program
 
The Landowner Incentive Program got its start when the Department of the Interior allocated $40 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the conservation, enhancement and restoration of wildlife habitat on private and Tribal lands. These funds are provided to the states, which in turn provide technical and financial assistance to private landowners to develop, plan and conduct habitat projects.

To be eligible for these funds a habitat project must occur on private land, and must conserve, enhance or restore habitat for an "at-risk" species [PDF, 33kb]. The incentive program has a 36% non-federal match required for all projects, which can be in-kind contributions by the landowner (labor, use of equipment, donation of materials, volunteer time, etc).

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, through the Landowner Relations Program, administers this new program. A competitive grant process has been developed and proposals [PDF, 41kb] are accepted at any time . Every 3 months (~January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1), these proposals are reviewed then scored [PDF, 29kb].

The Department is responsible for funding any environmental or archeological clearances that may be necessary for the project. A Stewardship Agreement [PDF, 32kb] between the Department and the Landowner is then negotiated and signed prior to contracting for the work to be completed. There is no project minimum or maximum funding level as long as the project improves habitat for an "at-risk" species.
 
Additional information
- List of "at-risk" species[PDF, 33kb]
- Application form [PDF, 41kb]
- Score sheet [PDF, 29kb]
- Stewardship agreement template [PDF, 32kb]
 
Contact Information
For additional information or questions, please contact Al Eiden, Landowner Incentive Program Coordinator at (623) 236-7624 or aeiden@azgfd.gov
 
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