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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • DEC extends landowner program deadline

  • The deadline for accepting applications for the Landowner Incentive Program has been extended to Feb. 1, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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  • The deadline for accepting applications for the Landowner Incentive Program has been extended to Feb. 1, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
    Under LIP, enrolled landowners that engage in stewardship activities that are beneficial for breeding grassland birds are compensated for their efforts.
    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 in Steuben County must own at least 25 acres of contiguous grassland located within one of the grassland focus areas across the state. Visit DEC's website for a map of New York's grasslands focus areas.
    The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through State Wildlife Grants available on DEC's website. This grant program was created and is funded by Congress to help rare and declining species before they require listing under the Federal Endangered Species Act.
    To learn more about the program and obtain an application form, visit the Protecting Grassland Birds on Private Lands page available on DEC's website at www.dec.ny.gov. For questions or comments regarding the program, email the program or call (518) 402-8943. Applications must be post-marked by Feb. 1.

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