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USDA Partners with States, Tribes to Improve Public Access on Private Lands #5241666 08/08/14 04:13 AM
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USDA announces $20 million in grants to protect wildlife, enhance outdoor recreation and create rural business opportunities

WASHINGTON, August 7, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that the Department of Agriculture will partner with nine State agencies and with the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakima Nation to increase recreational and economic opportunities on private lands. Funding is provided through USDA's Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

"The funds we are announcing today will empower state and tribal governments to partner with landowners in their areas to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities, protect at-risk wildlife, and spur new opportunities for rural businesses," said Vilsack. "Partnerships are the key to locally-led, innovative use of private lands, and this is the latest example of the Obama Administration and USDA's successful efforts to connect public and private partners for long-term conservation results."

Under today's announcement, $20 million in grants will be provided to improve wildlife habitat and public access to private lands while spurring new economic opportunities for rural businesses. Many grantees are leveraging other funding to expand existing public access programs, enabling USDA dollars to make a larger impact.

The program is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). State and tribal governments can apply for VPA-HIP grant funding to expand or improve habitat in existing public access programs or provide incentives to improve habitat on land already enrolled in their public access programs.

The increase in recreational activities is an important economic driver in rural communities. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, the outdoor recreation economy supports 6.1 million direct jobs, $80 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues and $646 billion in spending each year.

This year's selected projects include:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; $2.4 million: The Department will increase land available and participation in hunting as well as boosting wildlife populations by working with private landowners.

Wondering what the TPWD Legislature will do with this 2014 Federal moneys?? Use it to help balance the State GAO budget again! mad

If this money was spent where it should be we would have a bunch of new APH deer lands, APH Dove lands, and also more private ranch hunts for deer and pheasant lands. up Instead we have lost several leases in the past years.

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where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
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Re: USDA Partners with States, Tribes to Improve Public Access on Private Lands [Re: jeh7mmmag] #5242638 08/08/14 07:21 PM
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Need to go to Austin and snatch 'em bald headed to get their attention about ripping off dedicated funds for the GAO I guess??? Whoops most of 'em are already bald headed and sufferering from Brain Freeze's and forgot IT AIN"T THEIR $$$$"s to begin with.

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