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For information on the Voluntary Public Access Program, contact:
Cody Strong
VPA program coordinator

Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program

Share the land, keep traditions alive and earn money, too


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) provides financial incentives to private landowners who open their property to public hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife observation.

Funding was authorized in the 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills. 2014 funds are administered and provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture NRCS.

Applyto enroll in VPA-HIP or contact the Program Coordinator for more information.

Landowners enrolled in VPA-HIP are eligible for additional financial incentives to create or improve wildlife habitat. Eligible practices include grassland mowing, invasive species control, native grass and forb establishment, prescribed burning and more. See below for more information for landowners and VPA-HIP users.

Important The success and future of the VPA-HIP depends on ensuring landowners' continued interest. Please follow the Code of Conduct [PDF - English | Hmong | Spanish] and reference the frequently asked questions [PDF] before accessing VPA properties.

Landowner protections


Under sec. 895.52 of the Wisconsin Statutes, landowners are generally immune from liability for injuries received by individuals recreating on their lands. This law provides liability protection to landowners for injury or death of individuals participating in outdoor recreation. Courts have consistently interpreted this statute to protect landowners in furtherance of its purpose, which is to encourage landowners to allow others to recreate on their lands.

Under sec. 29.617, the department agrees to pay for damages arising from the operation of public hunting or fishing grounds. Claims may include damage to crops or property such as gates or fences.

This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number #69-3A75-16-516.

Last revised: Wednesday April 24 2019