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Incentive Programs

Wildlife Conservation Land Program

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Country
United States

Region
North Carolina

Land Use / Land Cover
Multiple Categories

Agency Type
State

Target or Affiliated Species or Habitat
Early Successional Habitat

Publication Type
Website/web hub

Original Language
English

Years of Implementation
Ongoing

The Wildlife Conservation Land Program administered by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission provides reduced property tax assessment to landowners who are interested in managing their land for protected wildlife or priority wildlife habitats. To qualify for the program, landowners must have owned their property for at least five years and the land must already support protected wildlife species or priority habitat. Interested individuals submit an application to the county assessor’s office to determine if their property qualifies for a reduced assessment (NCWRC 2010b). “Protected wildlife species are those designated by the state wildlife agency (NCWRC) as endangered (E), threatened (T), or [of] special concern (SC).

Six priority habitats have been identified as follows—longleaf pine forest, early successional habitat, small wetland community, stream and riparian zone, rock outcrop, and bat cave” (NCWRC 2010b). Qualifying land designated under the program must have at least 8 contiguous hectares (20 acres) managed under a wildlife habitat conservation agreement which documents presence of protected wildlife or habitat. Up to 40 hectares (100 acres) of a landowner’s property within the county where the land is located may be classified as wildlife conservation land (NCWRC 2010a).

Amount of the Incentive
Reduced property tax assessment

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