The Department's Habitat Plot Program is a multi-year rental of private land providing nesting, wintering and other key wildlife habitat. The Habitat plot can be newly established habitat, existing habitat or a combination of both.
General Program Guidelines
Tracts of newly established and/or existing habitat will be considered for enrollment. Priority given to offers greater than 80 acres in size.
- Landowner receives an annual payment for a 3-year agreement period for protecting and managing existing habitat.
- Landowner receives an annual payment for a 6-year agreement period for establishing new habitat.
Long-Term Option (limited funding):
- Contact Department PLI biologist for details.
- Areas for consideration include grasslands, wetlands, woodlands and riparian zones.
- Existing habitat can be enrolled in combination with converted cropland.
- Rental payments in the $9-14/acre payment range.
- Landowner may receive incentive payment if land is located in a priority area.
New Habitat Establishment:
- Game and Fish will provide cost-share to establish herbaceous cover on cropland. The Department will work with landowners to determine seed mix (requires 6 year agreement minimum).
- Rental rate based on average NASS dry land rate for each county.
- Landowner may receive Habitat Incentive Payment (HIP) if land is located in a district priority area.
Landowner must agree to:
- Sign an agreement with the Department allowing public access for walk-in hunting. This only allows walk in hunting and does not pertain to motorized vehicle use, trapping or other nonhunting activities.
- Follow a management plan developed by biologists.
- Allow the Department to sign and publicize the tract open to walk-in hunting.