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USDA Awards Funds in Oregon to Encourage Public Access to Private Lands

Release No.: 2020-03-022                                                                                           


Amy Fischer, Programs Specialist
Ph. 503.414.3292

USDA Awards Funds in Oregon to Encourage Public Access to Private Lands 

PORTLAND, Ore., March 19, 2020  – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it 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. Oregon will receive $2.8M this year through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP). 

"NRCS appreciates the value of partnership in ensuring sustained recreational and economic opportunities for our rural communities,” said Oregon NRCS State Conservationist Ron Alvarado. “Expanding community access will create economic growth and also encourage more enjoyment of the outdoors.”  

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will expand its existing public access program to provide additional opportunities for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-dependent recreation and maintain current access secured using prior VPA-HIP funding. The existing program will be expanded to provide incentives to more landowners willing to participate in the public access program.

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 percent of their award funding to create, restore or enhance wildlife habitat on private lands opened for public access.

Recipients include:

  • 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

Read more about the VPA-HIP program and this year’s recipients.


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