Text from the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan, 2008, Page 9
Provide federal funds to state-based programs that open private lands to hunters and anglers. An example might be tax incentives for timber companies that allow public access and use.
The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program (VPA-HIP), also known as Open Fields provides grants to States and tribal governments which encourages private landowners to provide public access to their lands for wildlife-dependant recreational opportunities, including fishing and hunting. These programs help local economies that depend on revenue from hunters, and preserving our nation’s conservation and hunting traditions.
Twenty-six states participate in the program. The total amount of VPA-HIP funds to be obligated in 2011 was. $17.8 million. Funding may be used to expand existing public access programs, create new public access programs or provide incentives to improve wildlife habitat on enrolled lands.