DEC Funding Available for Grassland Protection Program

By WBNG News

DEC Funding Available for Grassland Protection Program

January 11, 2013 Updated Jan 11, 2013 at 3:49 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The deadline for accepting applications for the Landowner Incentive Program has been extended by two weeks, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday. 

According to a news release:

The LIP was created as a partnership between DEC and private landowners to help address the loss of grasslands and associated at-risk wildlife species. 

The original open application period coincided with the holiday season and recent snowstorms across the state, therefore the new February 1, 2013 deadline will allow more landowners an opportunity to apply.

Grasslands provide important habitat for a variety of wildlife and are especially significant for birds, including the endangered short-eared owl, the threatened Henslow’s sparrow and the threatened upland sandpiper. Eligible private landowners interested in offsetting the decline in grassland bird habitat and populations will be able to apply for technical advice and financial incentives.

To be eligible to apply, an applicant must own at least 25 acres of contiguous grassland located within one of the grassland focus areas across the state. They include portions of the following counties: Allegany, Cayuga, Chemung, Clinton, Cortland, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Otsego, Saratoga, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Suffolk, Tompkins, Ulster, Washington, Warren, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates. See: http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/32975.html for a map of New York’s grasslands focus areas.

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