The State of Wisconsin and the USDA continue to fund new ways to encourage private land owners to open their land to public use.
MADISON, Wis. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $20 million to partner with 15 state agencies, including the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, to improve wildlife habitat and enhance public access for recreational opportunities on privately held and privately operated farm and forested lands. The projects are being funded under the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program.
“Our partnerships with state governments will help them work with interested landowners to enhance hunting and fishing and other wildlife-dependent recreation, to enhance wildlife habitat, and to protect wildlife species and encourage new opportunities for local businesses,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said. “These projects are excellent examples of USDA’s successful efforts to connect public and private partners for long-term conservation gains that benefit sportsmen, wildlife, private landowners and the public.”