Want Free Advice about Improving Habitats on Your Land?

17 Jun

Are you interested in diversifying or enhancing wildlife habitats on your land?  Would you like to get some free professional help in determining what projects or enhancements would work best?

The MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant Program is offering interested landowners technical assistance in the next month to help them consider possible habitat improvements that might qualify for financial aid through a Habitat Management Grant.

The Habitat Management Grant Program encourages landowners to engage in active habitat management on their properties to benefit many types of wildlife, including species of greatest conservation need and game species.  The Habitat Management Grant Program (MHMGP) provides financial assistance to private and municipal landowners of conserved lands, including Chapter 61 woodlands, to enhance wildlife habitat, while promoting public access for outdoor recreation. Over the past 4 years, the MHMGP has awarded over $1.5M in funding to 28 different organizations and individuals for 63 habitat projects.

Although MassWildlife and other conservation organizations have made unprecedented investments in land acquisition in Massachusetts, land protection alone is not enough to guarantee the persistence of the Commonwealth’s diverse wildlife. Investment in habitat restoration and management is urgently needed on public and private lands across the state.

MassWildlife is offering technical assistance to landowners who are interested in applying to the MHMGP from now through July 15. If you are interested in speaking to a MassWildlife Habitat Biologist about habitat management on your property or your eligibility for the MHMGP, please contact: James Burnham at James.Burnham@Mass.gov or (508) 389-6343. MassWildlife anticipates the next MHMGP grant application will become available in mid-July, with applications due in the early fall.

To learn more about the grant program and application process, and to see examples of funded projects, please click here.