INDIANAPOLIS — The Natural Resources Conservation Service has made $50 million available to private landowners to help establish public access to land for hunting, fishing and other wildlife-dependent recreation.

Jerry Roach, NRCS assistant state conservationist for programs, said state and tribal governments can apply for the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program in hopes of receiving funding that would encourage private landowners to allow access to the public for hunting, fishing and other recreational activities involving wildlife.

Roach said the act will allow state and tribal agencies to offer private landowners funding to help develop recreational hunting, fishing and other programs on their land, including making signage and helping build habitats.

“Nationally, there is $50 million available. The maximum funding that can be awarded per project is $3 million, and the minimum is $100,000,” Roach said.

“This is a really good opportunity for the state,” Roach said, adding that projects that get funded are aimed to start in April 2020.

The deadline to apply for the incentive program is Nov. 27.

For more information about the program or to apply, visit tinyurl.com/y6hu76hz.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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