Strengthen and Expand VPA-HIP

Help Expand Access and Boost Rural Economies

Since 2008, more than 2.5 million acres of private land have been enrolled in the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, the only federal program aimed at enhancing access and opportunity on privately owned farms, ranches, and forest lands. This is just part of what makes the Farm Bill an incredible resource for landowners and a force for conservation in our country. 

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Congress is currently drafting a new Farm Bill and now is our chance to tell them how much hunters, anglers, and rural communities value VPA-HIP.

New legislation was recently introduced to reauthorize and expand this popular program, which incentivizes landowners to open their property for public hunting and fishing access. If passed, Voluntary Public Access Improvement Act of 2017 would increase the program’s funding from $40 million to $150 million over five years, creating more opportunities for sportsmen and women, who in turn drive spending in rural communities. 

Take just a few minutes to tell your senators that you support VPA-HIP as part of the next Farm Bill. 

Your story makes the benefits of this legislation real for decision makers, so please consider personalizing your email below. Edit the subject line to be sure your message is opened.

 

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Sportsmen Support VPA-HIP

Dear Representative,

I am writing to urge you to cosponsor H.R. 5022, the Voluntary Public Access Improvement Act.

Private lands in the United States are home to many fish and wildlife species, and offer some of the best opportunities for outdoor recreation. Most of the land in the United States is privately owned, and for many Americans, finding quality places to hunt and fish is difficult. Introduced in the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) increases public access to private lands for hunting and fishing.

VPA-HIP is the only federal program aimed at enhancing access and opportunity on privately owned farms, ranches, and forest lands. The program grants money to states and tribes to support landowners who enroll in the program. Since its reauthorization in the 2014 Farm Bill, wildlife agencies across 29 states and tribal lands have received $40 million to expand public access and enhance wildlife habitat on more than 2.5 million acres.

The bipartisan Voluntary Public Access Improvement Act seeks to build upon the previous successes of the VPA-HIP program by reauthorizing and strengthening the program with an increase of funding from $40 million to $150 million over five years.

In short, this additional funding will increase the amount of land available to sportsmen and women for hunting and fishing. Simultaneously, it will boost the outdoor recreation economy that so many rural jobs depend upon.



By cosponsoring S. 2243, you will send a clear message to America's 40 million hunters and anglers that you stand with them in their effort to increase access and habitat.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

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