Landowner Assistance Programs
Public land acquisition programs have been extremely successful. However, over half of Florida is privately owned. Private landowners and the management decisions they make are crucial to the success of current and future fish and wildlife populations. Landowners have options and various forms of assistance for managing, improving, and sustaining their land to benefit fish and wildlife. Conservation opportunities on private lands depend on current habitat conditions as well as the landowner’s future management objectives.
FWC's Landowner Assistance Program provides wildlife-related assistance with land-use planning and habitat management. The assistance may include technical, financial, educational, habitat evaluation/monitoring, and recognition that seek to reward landowners who manage their habitat properly for wildlife. This page provides an overview of the FWC Landowner Assistance Program (LAP), including suggested components and examples of natural resource management plans. A variety of funding sources can be utilized to offset the cost of many conservation actions.
An effective management plan helps landowners document: (1) a baseline measurement of existing natural resources and current land uses, (2) long-term goals and objectives, (3) the management activities needed to achieve the objectives and, (4) how/when to complete the management activities. This Guide can help landowners develop management plans tailored to fit their property which then enables them to make more informed decisions on assistance options. The USFWS, FWC, NRCS, FFS and many other partners have staff available to help landowners and local municipalities with a customized conservation plan.