Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program
The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) provides federal funds, through the US Department of Agriculture, to state and tribal entities. Through this program, states and tribes may encourage private landowners to allow hunter access for outdoor recreation.
Bills entitled "Making Public Lands Public" have been introduced in both the House and the Senate. These bills would allocate 1.5% of the requested dollars for the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act to making difficult to access federally owned lands more available to public access.
Many states have established one-stop-shops for their own state's public lands. Some examples include Minnesota's Recreation Compass and Florida's Outdoor Recreation Inventory. Both use interactive GIS style website that allow for interactive browsing of public lands.
WHHCC Letters Addressing Concerns Over the Possible Closure of the Sonoran Desert National Monument to Recreational Shooting
The WHHCC drafted four letters addressing its concerns over the potential loss of public access to federal lands for recreational shooting. Three were sent to to the BLM and one to the DOI. In addition, in response to a perceived risk to public lands from recreational shooters (trash, etc.), the Council recommended implementing an education program by Tread Lightly! called "Respected Access is Open Access."
WHHCC Letter on Hunting and Shooting Sports Recruitment and Retention
The WHHCC sent letters to the secretaries of the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture to promote hunting and shooting sports. These letters addressed actions related to access, funding, recruitment and coordination.
An example of an urban center for outdoor activities
While there are not many examples for shooting ranges as parts of urban centers for outdoor activities, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources's Outdoor Adventure and Discovery Center, with an archery range, could be a blueprint for future centers.