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USDA Grants $20M to Open Private Lands to Recreational Use
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will provide $20 million in grants through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Improvement Program. The program, authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill, provides grants to state and tribal governments which can be used to incentivize private landowners to open their land for public access. Activities on opened lands include hunting, fishing, hiking, and birdwatching along with other forms of outdoor recreation.