3.3 - Provide federal funds to state-based programs that open private lands to hunters and anglers

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.

Assessment of Status: Partially Complete

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.

Supporting documentation and findings

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