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Florida Landowner Incentive Program (LIP)

The purpose of the LIP is to improve habitat conditions
for threatened or endangered species on private lands.

Florida is widely recognized as one of North America's most important reservoirs of biological diversity. Species at risk in Florida include 110 vertebrates, 7 invertebrate and 413 plant species. Key to the conservation of species at risk in Florida is the recognition that the well being of many of these species is largely dependant upon the habitats that currently exist and are being managed on private lands by their owners. Florida's Landowner Incentives Program is designed to provide technical and financial support to those private landowners interested in improving habitat conditions on their properties for species at risk.

Assistance will be provided for management, enhancement, or restoration of habitats to benefit species at risk that include but are not limited to:

Management and enhancement of red-cockaded woodpecker foraging habitat and nesting sites. Primary practices include prescribed burning and selective timber harvest; installation of artificial cavities may be appropriate associated with more comprehensive management plans. These management activities would be complimentary of both the revised Recovery Plan for The Red-cockaded Woodpecker In The Southeastern States and a statewide management plan for the species in Florida.
Conservation of flatwoods salamander habitats in commercial forests. Primary management practices include prescriptions associated with planning of timber harvest, site preparation and reforestation in areas known to be inhabited or likely inhabited by the species or in areas primarily associated with breeding ponds and adjacent areas that are critical to this species. These practices would compliment the current statewide management plan that is available for this species.
Restoration and enhancement of oak scrub habitats for Florida scrub-jays. Primary management applications would include the use of prescribed fire or mechanical preparations to restore over-grown oak scrub for the purpose of encouraging or enhancing use by scrub-jays. Practice recommendations would compliment the recovery plan that is currently in revision.
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