The Delaware Landowner Incentive Program provides financial and technical assistance for:
What Kind of Financial Assistance is Available?
Typically, this assistance takes the form of cost-share in which a percentage of the actual restoration costs will be paid for by the state and/or its partners. Cost-share may range from 74-100 percent. Landowners are required to make up the rest of the cost either through a monetary contribution or through in-kind services. In-kind services may include site preparation, planting grass seed or trees etc. Landowners must sign a conservation agreement to manage and maintain the restoration for a period of five or ten years. In addition, landowners may receive $146.52 per acre per year for practices established on agricultural lands. Eligible practices and cost-share information are explained for each of the following practices:
Financial assistance may also be received in the form of a conservation easement. An easement is a legal agreement between the property owner and the conservation organization. It restricts development on the property for either a termed period or in perpetuity. The landowner still retains ownership of the land and the right to work and sell the property. Payments are based on the fair market value of foregone development.