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2015 VPA-HIP Grantees

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Through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, NRCS is investing $20 million in 15 states to help governments advance recreational opportunities through wildlife habitat and public access improvements to private lands while spurring economic opportunities. Awardees of this competitive grant program include:

VPA-HIP Grantees, August 2015


Grant Amount

Recreation Opportunities Provided

Colorado Department of Natural Resources; Colorado Parks and Wildlife


Acquire access to privately owned land that will be open to public access. Develop habitat on privately owned land for public access.

Connecticut Department of Energy and the Environment


Maintain and expand existing program by offering landowners financial incentives to be part of the public access system.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources


Continue and expand program to bring additional opportunities to youth throughout the state, targeting areas close to metropolitan centers.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism


Expand existing program for more opportunities for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-dependent outdoor recreation.

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation; Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs


Program complements a recent Regional Conservation Partnership Program project for habitat creation in the western part of Massachusetts, the state’s most rural, forested and low-income region.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources


Expand existing hunting access program into Northern Lower Peninsula to provide increased hunting opportunities and wildlife conservation.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources


Expand program to provide new and continued opportunities for hunting in the western and southern areas of the state.

Missouri Department of Conservation


New program will expand outdoor recreation activities such as small and large game hunting and wildlife viewing for urban and rural residents and non-residents.

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks


Provide new access for public viewing of sage grouse and other sagebrush-associated wildlife and maintain these habitats on private agricultural land.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


Expand current public access program to open private lands to hunting, fishing and other public recreation activities through its established Open Fields and Waters program.

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation


Develop and implement a public access program on private lands for hunters and anglers.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife


Increase public access and improve habitat for recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife viewing and nature photography.

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife


Increase public access and improve habitat in four recreation initiatives.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Expand existing VPA-HIP to increase recreational access to private lands and support landowners’ interest in enhancing wildlife habitat.

Wyoming Game and Fish Commission


Expand and enhance the state’s existing access programs to provide more opportunities for hunting and fishing.


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