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Enrollment open for Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Programs

Published by Central Office February 28, 2017

Contact(s): Anne Reis, DNR Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program Coordinator, 608-279-6483

Provide public access to the outdoors in return for incentives and technical assistance

MADISON - The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, is currently enrolling new properties in 52 eligible counties throughout Wisconsin.

Enrolled landowners can earn income through opening their property to year-round public hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife observation.

Lease rates vary by land cover, ranging from $3/acre for agricultural land, $10/acre for grassland or wetland and $15/acre for forest land. VPA leases will expire on Aug. 31, 2020. Landowners participating in other conservation programs are encouraged to apply, including:

Technical assistance and financial incentives are available to enrolled landowners who implement recommended wildlife habitat practices.

VPA landowners reported very high overall satisfaction with the program in 2016. Little is required for enrolled landowners beyond providing for public access. Under state statute, landowners are generally immune from liability for injuries received by individuals recreating on their lands. DNR provides compensation for damages to property or crops that occur as a result of opening land to public access.

Visit the updated VPA-HIP website to find out more information and to apply to enroll in the program. Interested landowners should contact Anne Reis, DNR VPA-HIP Coordinator, for more information at 608-279-6483 or via email at

For more general information regarding VPA-HIP, search the DNR website,, for keyword "VPA".

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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