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March 12, 2020
USDA is awarding almost $49 million to help state and tribal governments encourage private landowners to allow public access to their land for hunting, fishing and other wildlife-dependent recreation. This year, 27 recipients in 27 states will receive awards through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP).
“Not only does this program enhance and protect wildlife habitat, but it also provides new opportunities for the public to enjoy the outdoors and potentially generates new revenue streams for private landowners,” said NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr.
VPA-HIP is open to state and tribal governments to establish or expand public access programs. Projects last up to three years, and the maximum amount for a single award is $3 million.
A majority of the funded projects expand public access programs, increasing the number of private land acres available to the public for recreation. Awardees may use up to 25% of their award funding to create, restore or enhance wildlife habitat on private lands opened for public access.
Arizona Department of Game and Fish
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Missouri Department of Conservation
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Pueblo of Santa Clara
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Wyoming Game and Fish Commission
Source: USDA NRCS, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.
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