Bring on the rattlers!



Maybe Jeff D will decide to make his home open to, shucks, he lives in PA... :lol:


Date: 040219

By Brian Prince, Asbury Park Press Manahawkin Bureau, 2/19/04

Tuckerton - Endangered and threatened animals that live on privately
owned land may soon find their homes more hospitable.

The Landowner Incentive Program, administered by the state Division
of Fish and Wildlife, is offering property owners federal money for
projects that help keep rare species on their land. Under the program,
states are eligible for up to $1.2 million from the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, which is then put toward projects ranging from
fencing off streams to putting gates on caves.

Last night, the Pinelands Watershed Alliance held a presentation on
the program, called the LIP, at the Tuckerton Firehouse.

"Each and every one of you are really the stewards of our wildlife,"
Kim Korth, the LIP private lands biologist, told the people who

In order to qualify for the program, property owners must be able to
provide a suitable habitat for at least one endangered or threatened
species, she said. She added that the results of the project must also
be measureable so that the state can gauge its success.

Landowners, she said, should expect to contribute a minimum of 25
percent of the total cost of their project. However, she added that
the property owner's share can be paid with labor, such as pulling
weeds, digging fence holes or cutting grass. Landowners are required
to manage the land for the duration of the project.

Korth said it is currently undetermined how much money the state will
receive from the federal government. But she said she expects to have
an answer before the end of March. When the figures are available, the
division will begin accepting applications, she said.

Joel Mott of Tuckerton, who attended the presentation with his
fiancee Jill Richmond, grew up in the area.

"Wildlife is part of the landscape," he said. "We'll go out in the
back yard and they'll be deer out in the morning."

He said that one of the reasons he came to the presentation was to
find out if the grant money can be used to preserve open space.

Land acquisition, however, is outside the scope of the program, Korth
said. With a maximum of $1.2 million to spend, the state would have
only limited opportunities to protect large tracts of land.

Rusty Draper, president of Pinelands Watershed Alliance, said that he
is hoping to get landowners from the area together and apply as a
group through the PWA to increase the chance of bringing grant money
to the area. He encouraged area residents to either mail in an idea to
PO Box 1, Tuckerton, NJ 08087 or to contact the PWA at (609) 294-0754.

For more information about the Landowner Incentive Program, contact
Korth at (609) 984-1581.

A list of New Jersey's endangered and threatened wildlife can be
found at on the