Advantages for You
The Landowner Assistance Program (LAP) is a cooperative, voluntary effort among Florida private landowners, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and other partners to improve habitat conditions for fish and wildlife. Biologists with the FWC’s Landowner Assistance Program (LAP) can help you as a private landowner manage your land to benefit wildlife. We also can direct you to other available conservation resources, including financial and educational support.
Who is Eligible?
The LAP can provide technical assistance and conservation plan preparation at no cost for private landowners, as well as recognition and education to those participating in our programs.
Private (non-governmental) landowners are eligible for LAP financial assistance. There are no acreage limitations; however, when available, LAP financial assistance is targeted at restoration and conservation of high priority habitats identified by Florida’s Wildlife Action Plan (view more information on Florida’s statewide Wildlife Action Plan). LAP works with several other agencies to provide technical assistance and outreach through the Florida Land Steward Partnership. The Florida Land Steward website (http://www.flsteward.org/) provides numerous resources for planning, making a living, and conserving or protecting your land.
Can You Conserve and Work Your Land?
Yes, you can conserve while still using your land for commercial purposes. Under Florida law, there is a partial property tax exemption of up to 50% on certain land under conservation easement that is used for commercial purposes such as agriculture. There also are other financial options for private landowners interested in conservation, including a conservation tax assessment for certain lands on which the owner can demonstrate a 10-year commitment to conservation.